MSA British Hill Climb Championship

Nicholson McLaren Aviation MSA British Hill Climb Championship

Rounds 17 & 18, BOULEY BAY

Scott Moran won both run offs at Bouley Bay in Jersey with main championship rival Martin Groves bagging a second and third. The outright record of 38.25 from Trevor WIllis was not in threat on what was a 'quiet day'. Chris Merrick was the man of the day with superb runs to get a 3rd and then a 2nd. Wallace Menzies got his first point while Paul Haimes spun on his last run off run.

ROUND 17

1.Scott Moran 38.82; 2. Martin Groves 38.93; 3. Chris Merrick 39.12; 4. Roger Moran 39.41; 5. Rob Turnbull 39.55; 6. Trevor Willis 39.59; 7. Basil Pitt 39.94; 8. Paul Ranson 40.34; 9. Tom New 41.12; 10. Wallace Menzies 41.31; 11. Paul Haimes 41.40; 12 John Bradburn 42.18

ROUND 18

1. Scott Moran 38.77; 2. Chris Merrick 38.93; 3. Martin Groves 39.21; 4. Jos Goodyear 39.40; 5. Roger Moran 39.89; 6. Basil Pitt 40.05; 7. Trevor Willis 40.15; 8. Paul Ranson 40.19; 9. Rob Turnbull 40.31; 10. Tom New 41.55; 11. Alistair Crawford 42.19; 12. Paul Haimes Spin

Rounds 19 & 20, VAL DES TERRES

Martin Groves made sure to 'keep' Val Des Terres as his own today with a double win ahead of Scott Moran who was second on both counts. It was wet in the morning, but dried enough for the first run off. Paul Ranson spun in the morning and didn't qualify, while Basil Pitt fell ill and was flown back to the mainland.

ROUND 19

1. Martin Groves 28.25; 2. Scott Moran 28.71; 3. Jos Goodyear 29.09; 4. Trevor Willis 29.28; 5. Roger Moran 29.73; 6. Chris Merrick 29.80; 7. Paul Haimes 29.86; 8. Tom New 30.40; 9. Nick Saunders 30.60; 10. Wallace Menzies 30.65; 11. Paul Buckingham 30.90; 12. Enyon Price 31.48

ROUND 20

1. Martin Groves 28.68; 2. Scott Moran 28.91; 3. Roger Moran 29.42; 4. Trevor Willis 29.66; 5. Jos Goodyear 29.82; 6. Paul Ranson 29.85; 7. Chris Merrick 30.28; 8. Paul Haimes 30.55; 9. Wallace Menzies 30.92; 10. Tom New 31.04; 11. Paul Buckingham 31.37; 12. Nick Saunders FAIL

Latest standings:

1 Scott Moran 133 pts

2 Martin Groves 91

3 Trevor Willis 86

4 Roger Moran 83

5 Chris Merrick 81

6 Paul Ranson 58

Championship Standings

1 David Higgins 48

2 Mark Higgins 40

3 James Wozencroft 39

4 Guy Wilks 38

5 Jonathan Greer 37

6 Stuart Jones 31

 Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship

Round 3, Isle of Man International Rally

Mark Higgins and Rory Kennedy took a nail biting overall victory on Rally Isle of Man, the closest in the event's history, adding the Higgins name to the roll of honour for most wins on the event. He now shares four victories with Tony Pond and Russell Brookes who last won in 1990.

Guy Wilks' Mitsubishi was a distant second after a day one off dropped him and stand in co-driver David Moynihan three minutes. Third, having been passed on the morning of the final day by a charging Wilks, were Team TQ.com's David Higgins and Ieuan Thomas, the solid points score more than enough to mean he retains the lead of the championship.

In an excellent fourth place were James Wozencroft and Chris Ridge in their Revolution Wheels Rally Team Impreza. They had a fight on their hands early on with Darren Gass and Neil Shanks' Pirelli Mitsubishi, with "Woz" responding every time Gass pushed closer. The fight was eventually ended when Gass had clutch problems, running out of stages to make up the gap.

Results

1 M. HIGGINS                   SUBARU                  2:40:18.8         2 E. BOLAND*                 SUBARU                  2:40:30.4         +11.6 (+11.6)

3 G. WILKS                      MITSUBISHI              2:44:04.5         +3:45.7 (+3:34.1)

4 D. HIGGINS                   SUBARU                  2:45:38.2         +5:19.4 (+1:33.7)

5 J. WOZENCROFT         SUBARU                  2:49:53.6         +9:34.8 (+4:15.4)

6 D. GASS                       MITSUBISHI              2:50:44.1         +10:25.3 (+50.5)

* denotes not registered for BRC


Related Motorsport Articles

82,682 articles