UK’s top drivers entered at Loton Park

Nine of the top ten seeded drivers from across the UK will be competing at Loton Park this coming weekend (7th & 8th June) when the county’s premier motorsport venue hosts two rounds of the MSA British Hill Climb Championship.

Unfortunately, Scottish driver Wallace Menzies, seeded number three, will not be attending after having a spectacular crash at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on Sunday, completely wrecking his Cosworth-powered DJ Firestorm, but thankfully escaping with only cuts, bruises and a cracked cheek bone.

The large national event boasts a full entry list and finds reigning British champion Scott Moran, from Ludlow, now trailing both 2012 champion Trevor Willis and young Tenbury Wells driver Alex Summers, with fellow youngster Jos Goodyear starting to catch the lead runners up after setting a fantastic pace in the new GWR Raptor, with both having been tipped as ‘future champions’ by leading commentator Eddie Walder.

The weekend also hosts rounds of the Midland Hill Climb Championship, with reigning champion Rob Stevens recently missing out on points when his supercharged Force sports racer suffered mechanical problems, however, 2013 championship runner-up Mike Turpin, of Hereford, is in fine form, together with Robert Lancaster-Gaye in a Porsche GT3, each taking class wins to reach the top of the current championship table.

Several local drivers in over twenty cars of all shapes and sizes will be competing in two classes for fully legal road going cars, together with over 30 varied machines in the modified and specialist production car classes.

A huge entry has been received in the racing car section, ranging from small examples powered by 600cc motorcycle engines, through turbocharged and supercharged bike-engined versions, right up to F1 style single-seaters powered by high-tech McLaren V8 engines.

Practice and qualifying takes place on Saturday, with timed competition runs with full commentary in programme order from 9.15am on Sunday, highlighted by ‘run-offs’ for the fastest 12 cars at the end of both morning and afternoon sessions. Full parking and refreshments are available, accompanied children under 16 are admitted free and further details can be found at www.hdlcc.com

The big British Championship event is being sponsored once again by Hatfields Jaguar of Shrewsbury and sales manager Paul Turner said: “This will be our second display at Loton Park and we are more than happy to be supporting this famous motor sport club and venue, and we will be looking forward to driving our new F-Type R up the tight and demanding hill climb course.”

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