The Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Championship arrives at Shelsley Walsh, August 18/19 for the biggest event of the year for the Worcestershire venue.
Returning to competition after two weekends away is former championship leader and reigning champion, Scott Moran. The Ludlow-based driver, who has three British Hillclimb Championship titles to his name, did not take part in the Wiscombe Park or Craigantlet rounds of the championship, losing his slender lead to Aylesbury driver, Trevor Willis. Moran will be keen to make inroads on the title battle over the Shelsley weekend as he looks to overcome a 25-point deficit.
Willis, meanwhile, will be looking to protect his lead in the drivers’ championship, as his year-long sparring partner Moran returns to competition. With four run-off victories from the last four rounds and a hill record last time out at Craigantlet, Willis has been in impressive form of late, but he knows he will have a tough challenge ahead of him and admits it will be a struggle to compete with Moran at the world’s oldest motorsport venue: “If it’s dry, I think Shelsley is a venue where I’ll struggle in comparison to Scott, as I’ll have less power than him up what is a very steep hill – with my power deficit to Scott, it may turn out to be a case of damage limitation in terms of my championship lead. If it’s wet, then the field should even out and I’ll stand a better chance.”
Willis declared himself delighted with how the 2012 season has progressed so far: “The season as a whole has been fantastic; it’s been really competitive and the 1600cc drivers have also had a great year, which has made it a lot more interesting. I’ve lost one record but I’ve gained two more, I have a few wins under my belt, so I’m more than happy with how the season is progressing.”
Tickets for the Avon Tyres MSA British Hillclimb Championship at Shelsley Walsh are available to buy on the day. Tickets for Saturday, August 19, are priced at £12, while tickets for Sunday’s event cost £15. Accompanied under-16s gain free admittance to the venue.