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Hall's Shelsley double

In one of the closest fought and most competitive British Championship encounters for some time, certainly of the current season, Will Hall took his Force WH-AER to both run-off wins at Shelsley Walsh. Sliding wide out of Top Ess and almost nudging the outside bank each time, he stayed clear of a chasing pack, so closely matched that in the opening run-off even 6-times champion Scott Moran, making a return to the Championship after a couple of month's break, could only finish seventh despite running within half a second of Hall's winning time, which would stand as FTD.

Will Hall blasts off the line at Shelsley (John Hallett)

Force TAs score at Wiscombe

Force TAs were in the points at the British Hillclimb Championship round at Wiscombe on July 18th 2019.

Eynon Price was having the first event in his TA with a 1600cc Hayabusa engine and not only won the 1600cc Class but also took a pair of eighth places in the Top 12 Run Offs.

Darren Gumbley carried over his good form from the Channel Islands events with a ninth and tenth place in his 1100cc TA Kawasaki. He also won the 1100cc Class and broke Alex Summers' record!

Not to be outdone, Olivia Cooper took 1.6s off the outright Ladies record, qualified for the second Run Off and finished eleventh in her TA Hayabusa.

Will Hall took a fifth in the first Run Off in the Force WH AER.

Eynon Price, success first time out in the 1600cc class (Jerry Sturman)

A new Ladies record for Olivia Cooper (Jerry Sturman)

Darren Gumbley, 2 Run Offs and Class win and a new record! (Jerry Sturman)

Channel Islands news

The British Hillclimb Championship headed to the Channel Islands for its traditional July double at Bouley Bay and Le Val des Terres.

At Bouley Bay on July 17 Will Hall managed a fifth and fourth in the Run Offs, pleased that the Force WH AER was running reliably. Darren Gumbley enjoyed a good event with a couple of ninth place finishes in the 1100 Force TA Kawasaki.

Everyone then moved islands to Le Val des Terres on the 20th. After a 4th in the first Run Off and qualifying equal third for the second Will suffered a start line stall and was out of the points. Darren took another ninth place for his fifth score of 2019.


Price scores at Harewood

At Harewood on July 7, Eynon Price qualified his Force TA for the first Run Off and scored points by finishing tenth in what may have been his last outing in the 1100cc class as he looks to move up a level.

Will Hall's efforts in the Force WH were hampered by breaking the rear ARB - twice and resulting in massive understeer. He still managed to finish sixth and seventh in the two Run Offs.

Eynon Price, points scorer at Harewood (Anthony Mitchell)

Hall back on form at Barbon

In re-run of his comeback success in the car at Gurston in May, Will Hall stormed the Force-AER to a run-off win and FTD when the BHC circus travelled to Barbon on July 6. His win and FTD came in the second Run Off following an epic first run-off duel with Dave Uren that saw will miss out on the top spot by 1/100 second.

Kelvin Broad was equally happy, qualifying his 2000cc Class Force TA for both Run Offs, taking tenth place in each and taking his first points of the season.

Eynon Price also qualified his 1100cc Force TA for the first Run Off, finishing twelth.

Will on his way to a win and FTD at Barbon (Brian Taylor)

Kelvin Broad was a double points scorer in his TA (Brian Taylor)

Cooper (briefly) takes Ladies record at Doune

Olivia Cooper, driving her Force TA, was the sensation of first qualifying at Doune on June 1, setting a new ladies’ hill record and taking it below 41 seconds for the first time. In the run-off itself, she lost out to the previous record holder Nicola Menzies as both ran unofficially inside the old record.

Qualifying for the second run off, on a (temporarily) dry track was highlighted by Nicola regaining her record, lowering Olivia's mark by another 0.18 secs to 40.70s. Gear selection problems towards the end of her run left Olivia unable to respond.

Olivia Cooper negotiates East Brae at Doune (David Baxter)

Hall flies at Gurston

In an impressive 2019 debut for his re-engined Force-AER, Will Hall won the opening British run-off at the championship's first visit of the season to Gurston Down. Then, with the fastest run of the day, he qualified top for the afternoon shoot-out. But on his final bid for points, with light drizzle making things awkward for the later runners, a spin in the middle of Karousel put paid to his chances of a run-off double. 'I was annoyed with myself,' he said, 'I knew track conditions were tricky.'

In a very competitive, 17 strong 1100cc Class Jack Cottrill went well in his PT to take a fine second while Olivia Cooper matched Jack's result by taking second in the 1600cc Class with her TA.

Hall 'flying' at Gurston (Ian Beard)

A good result for Cottrill's PT (Ian Beard)

Early season news - Sprints

In the British Sprint Championship, former Westfield driver, John Loudon has been getting familair with his ex Michael Andrews PT while Glyn Sketchley (now with second gear!) has been putting in some strong showings in his turbocharged Busa PT including the B event FTD at the May Blyton.

John Loudon in his PT at Blyton (Anthony Mitchell)

Glyn Sketchley pleased with another FTD (Graham Blackwell)

Early season news - Hillclimbs

With the Force WH of Will Hall and the Force TA of Chris Jones/Chris Bennett both waiting on their new engines the early season success for Force hillclimb and sprint cars has largely been in the hands of Eynon Price with his 1100 class TA - getting into the BHC Run Offs at Prescott and Harewood. At Craigantlet, which Eynon missed, Darren Gumbley scored a couple of good tenth places and was joined in the first Run Off by Liam Cooper in his 1600cc class TA.

Liam Cooper at Craigantlet (Sam Baird)

Force TAs take 1100cc One Two at opening Loton

Force TAs dominated the 1100cc Class at the opening hillclimb of 2019 at Loton Park on March 31.

Darren Gumbley took his Kawasaki engined car to a good class win, 0.3s ahead of Eynon Price's Suzuki engined car. Eynon was giving his new TA its debut and, despite a gearbox problem, was most impressed by the rear end grip and traction.

Loton debut for Eynon Price's TA (Gail MacDonald)

A good Class win for Darren Gumbley's TA (Gail MacDonald)

Force at Autosport International

The CCC Racing team and their Force TA were chosen to take part in the Pirelli tyre company/Triple M Motorsport evaluation of racing tyres for the UK hillclimb and sprint market.

Following the successful conclusion of this program the Force TA (chassis 01) was put on display at the Autosport International motorsport exhibition at the NEC from January 10th to13th as part of the Pirelli motorsport stand.

The Force was the only specialist hillclimb or sprint car on display at Autosport and attracted many admirers.

Force TA at Autosport

CCC Racing and their Force TA

Gold for Hall at Gubbio

The third FIA Hillclimb Masters event was held at Gubbio, Italy on 12th to 14th October and Will Hall, driving his Force WH AER took the gold medal for Category 4 in a close fought battle with Scott Moran, Trevor Wills and Alex Summers.

Will's winning margin was a couple of tenths and follows his second place silver at Eschdorf for the first FIA Hillclimb Masters event in 2014.

Will on his way to victory

The Category 4 podium

Run Offs & Records at Anglesey

At the final British Sprint round of the year at Anglesey Chris Jones and Chris Bennett finished the year in fine style.

The Saturday event was held on the National circuit and Chris Jones in the Force TA took more than second and a half of the Class record and fnished sixth in the Run Off.

On Sunday the longer International circuit was used and Chris Jones again broke the Class record and finished a strong fifth in the Run Off, earning himself a permanent number for 2019. Chris Bennett joined him in the Run Off and was pleased with his eleventh place.

Two new records for Chris Jones at Anglesey (Kim Broughton)

Chris Bennett made his second Run Off appearance of the year (Neil Lambert)

Kelvin Broad debuts his new TA

At Shelsley Walsh on September 15 Kelvin Broad made his debut in the brand new 1.3s Force TA having made the change from his Pilbeam MP101. A 27.87s first run was very promising.

This is the fourth TA chassis to appear.

Kelvin getting up to speed in the TA (Rob MacDonald)

Approaching the Esses (Rob MacDonald)

Double wins at Doune

The British Hillclimb Championship moved north of the border to Doune. With the Championship still open a good result was essential. Will Hall certainly delivered with 2 wins. He has now closed to within 4 points with drop scores taken into account.

The Championship now goes down to the wire at Loton Park on the 23rd September


Ross Napier takes 2nd successive Scottish Hillclimb Championship

Ross Napier has won his 2nd successive Scottish Hillclimb Championship in his Turbocharged Force PC/Suzuki.

Ross now holds the track records at Fintray and Forrestburn Hillclimb tracks and Golspie Sprint track.

Congratulations to Team NBR and we look forward to another great season in 2019

Ross at Golspie Sprint


Will Hall's title fight goes on

In another closely fought meeting Will was joint highest scorer at Prescott. Narrowly pipped by 1 hundredth of a Second by six times championship Scott Moran. On the 2nd timed run Will broke the unlimited class record. Despite Will's best efforts he couldn't quite catch Trevor Willis.

The championship battle moves onto Doune on the 15/16th September

Will Hall had a successful Prescott (Ian Beard)

Darren Gumbley was fifth in the large 1100cc Class (Ian Beard)

Chris Jones takes FTD at Loton Park

Making up for the disappointment at Rockingham the week before, Chris Jones and the Force TA took a fine FTD at Loton Park on August 25th. Despite a few problems including a problematic clutch, a likely carry over from the chain failure a few days earlier, Chris set the pace from the first practice and was never headed.

The only driver to post a sub 50s run all day, Chris was in the low 48s in practice and FTD was taken with a 48.49s.

Chris Jones on his way to FTD (Rob MacDonald)

Jones on form at Rockingham

Chris Jones in the Force TA were on great form at Rockingham on Sunday August 19th and a major upset was on the cards until a broken chain called a halt to further progress.

Held on the inner, National Circuit at Rockingham this was maybe one of the last Sprints to be held at the recently sold venue.

Chris was on a flyer (a likely top three overall time) on his first run when the drive chain broke going into the final corner and he had to coast to the finish. But his 55s run was still good enought to easily win the 1100cc class and qualify for the Run Off which unfortunately wasn't to be as there was too much damage to repair.

A missed opportunity for a great result.

The Force TA at Rockingham (Kim Broughton)

Will Hall does the double at Shelsley Walsh

Will Hall in the Force WH/Xtec made up from the disappointment of Wiscombe Park by taking both runoff wins at Shelsley Walsh.

In the first runoff Will was joined by 2 Force TA's Olivia Cooper in her 1st ever runoff just failed to score a point. Darren Gumbley scored the last championship a remarkable result for an 1100cc car at Shelsley Walsh.

Olivia Cooper had a competitive outing in the TA (John Hallett)