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2022 Speed Race Reports

Championship sponsored by Bill Rawles Classic Cars and Peter May Engineering

 

The 2022 championship will include 14 rounds, hopefully this year without Covid 19 interruption.  The test day ran well despite the weather and the rest of the season will proceed as planned.  Scroll on down to see the race reports shown in latest first order:

Round 7 Gurston Down - 18 June 2022

(Report by LC Branch and Pics by Jackie Baker)

After a two year break, this was our second outing this year to Gurston Down in the rolling Wiltshire hills near Salisbury.  The weather had been hot all week but come Saturday the clouds appeared, the temperature dropped considerably and there was a threat of rain.

We had eleven cars entered for this one day event - comprising the 4 Sprites of Claire Giles, Phil Gardner, Steve Casson and Nav Bhamra (pictured right - Nav's Sprite runs in the Libre Class) plus the 3000s of Ian Thomas and Trish C-P, the 100's of John Ducker and Michael Berry, the 100/6's of Derek Job (first outing for some time) and Gerald Wilby and the Jensen Healey of Paul Baker.  Only Ian Thomas was new to the track

Practice got underway and in the Sprite Class it was Steve Casson who was out front with a best time of 40.01 from Claire Giles in 43.20 and Phil Gardner very close behind in 43.28.

In the Big Healey class, Paul Baker led with a best time of 41.65 from Michael Berry in 42.81, next was new driver Ian Thomas (pictured right at the start line) learning the track very quickly in 43.01, then Trish C-P was next in 46.52, John Ducker close behind in 46.79, then Derek Job reminding himself what hill climbing is all about, from Gerald Wilby in 56.86.

Nav Bhamra's currently our sole entrant in the Libra class, his first season out in his Sprite and this was his first attempt at a hill climb.  His best practice time was 45.60.

After lunch the rain started just as the Healeysport runners were getting ready for their timed runs.  It was heavy at first then it petered out fairly quickly.  However, as a driver, rain always puts that question in your head as to how wet is the track - so how fast can you actually go?

In the Sprite Class, Steve Casson treated the track as if it were dry and popped in a 39.92, the best time of the day across all the classes. Phil Gardner went marginally faster in 43.17 and Claire Giles was just behind in 44.13.

In the Big Healey class Paul Baker posted a 41.82, some way off his pb set here in April mainly due to a worsening misfire that has reappeared.  Ian Thomas was next with an excellent time of 43.21 given this was his first time at Gurston.  If you want to see Ian's run click here.  Ian was just ahead of Michael Berry (pictured right taking to the grass) in 43.37.  Trish C-P was next in an improved time of 46.13 again staying just ahead of John Ducker in 46.20 with Derek Job remembering how to do it with a much improved 46.44.  Gerald Wilby also finished with a quicker time of 56.10.

Nav Bhamra posted a 45.26 - his fastest run of the day - well done Nav.

As the Healeysport classes were waiting to be called to the start line for their last run, an announcement came over the Tannoy that a competitor in the previous class was receiving medical treatment in the collection area at the top of the course having completed his run.  The delay was significant which included the arrival of two Ambulances and the Air Ambulance.  It was later announced that the rest of the meeting was to be cancelled.  No further information was given at that point.

It was announced the following day that the competitor had not survived and a minute's silence was held.

As this was a Target Time event the times from our first timed run were compared with the targets given to each driver and the results of this round of our championship were as follows:

Sprite class: 1st Steve Casson (pictured right), 2nd Phil Gardner and 3rd Claire Giles

Big Healey/Jensen Healey class: 1st Michael Berry, 2nd Ian Thomas, 3rd John Ducker, 4th Paul Baker, 5th Trish C-P, 6th Derek Job, 7th Gerald Wilby

Libra class: 1st Nav Bhamra

The prizes for this event were not awarded at Gurston as we felt it inappropriate and will be presented at a later date.

Overall this had been an unusual day with weather that was cold, dry, windy, sunny and then wet.  Then the event was brought to a premature close.  Naturally, our thoughts go to the family and friends of the competitor.

Click on the links to see the full results from this and all events this season.  To see all the pictures, in-car and outside videos go to our Gallery page.  If you want to see the sprint and hill climb records for each class and venue, then go to  the Big Healey and Jensen Healey records and the Sprite records pages.

 

Round 5/6 Harewood - 4/5 June 2022

(Report by LC Branch and Pics by Jackie Baker)

On this Platinum Jubilee weekend the championship travelled to Harewood in Yorkshire for this fabulous hill climb.  As last year, entry for this ever popular event sold out in a matter of hours yet the Healeysport drivers were on the ball and we had a very good entry of 15 drivers taking part in this two day weekend event.  We had the 8 Sprites of Richard Salisbury, Lawrence Maudsley, Steve Casson, Claire Giles, Phil Gardner, Rob Owen, John Tewson and Garrow Shand.  In the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class we had the 2 Healey 100's of John Ducker and Michael Berry, the 3000's of Will Richards, Murray Shand, Trish C-P and Richard Mason and the sole Jensen Healey of Paul Baker.

Only Michael Berry was new to the track as everyone else had been there before although not necessarily in the car they were using.  John Tewson is the current Big Healey record holder but is now out in his Sprite and Claire Giles was using her Sprite rather than her 100/6.  Claire was also supporting her husband Jon on the Saturday as he was competing in a Morgan GN called 'Salome' (pictured below) in one of the VSCC classes at Harewood.

The weather was forecast to be dry on Saturday with some rain on Sunday.  Saturday was run on scratch i.e. the quickest driver wins their class with Sunday our Target Time, where each driver is given a target that matches their experience and the ability of their car.

Practice on Saturday got underway and in the Sprite class after two runs, it was Steve Casson leading the way from Garrow Shand, John Tewson, Rob Owen, Phil Gardner, Richard Salisbury and Lawrence Maudsley.  In the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class, disaster struck the Mason 3000 as it shed it's fan belt on the first run.  All the drivers searched for a replacement but none could be found that would fit, so Trish offered Richard a shared drive in her 3000. So after two practice runs it was Paul Baker in the Jensen leading Richard Mason in his Trish's 3000, from Will Richards, Michael Berry, Murray Shand, John Ducker and Trish C-P.

The times across the two classes were lower than expected which most put down to the cold conditions

The first timed run was held before lunch followed by the second timed run after lunch.  In the Sprite class, Steve Casson took the top slot with a 69.89 some way off his personal best of 68.04, confirming that the cold weather was having an effect on the times. See Steve's in car footage. John Tewson, pictured right, leapt up the leader board to second place with a 73.14 (check out in car video footage) pushing Garrow Shand to third with his best time of 74.13.  Phil Gardner moved up to fourth place in a personal best time of 74.20 with Lawrence Maudsley making the biggest jump up to fifth place with 75.01, over 4 secs quicker than his previous pb.  Claire Giles finished with a 76.81 just ahead of Rob Owen in 76.99 and Richard Salisbury in a personal best time of 78.67.

In the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class, Paul Baker took first place with a new pb and Jensen hill record of 70.32, but was disappointed to have not broken into the 69's. See his run here.  Richard Mason was a whisker behind in 70.62 with Will Richards third in 73.58 - both drivers some way off their personal bests.  New to the track - Michael Berry produced some very quick times and finished with a 75.59 - an excellent result given that this is the longest hill climb track in the UK and it's hard to get all the corners right in one lap.  Murray Shand produced an excellent 76.58 on his first timed run to knock over 2 secs off his previous best time.  Trish C-P was next in 78.92 with John Ducker probably thinking of the cocktails he would be serving after the event and finished with a best time of 79.13, some way off his pb.

So, the finishing order for this round was:

Sprite class: 1st Steve Casson, 2nd John Tewson, 3rd Garrow Shand, 4th Phil Gardner, 5th Lawrence Maudsley, 6th Claire Giles, 7th Rob Owen, 8th Richard Salisbury.

Big Healey/Jensen Healey class: 1st Paul Baker, 2nd Richard Mason, 3rd Will Richards, 4th Michael Berry, 5th Murray Shand, 6th Trish C-P, 7th John Ducker.

With Saturday's racing complete, all the drivers retired to the Union Jack festooned 'Queens Jubilee Bar' (aka the Ducker's bar - pictured right) for a well earned cocktail and something festive to eat - not had a Coronation chicken vol-au-vent since the 70's!!  John (pictured right) and Cate Ducker surpassed themselves this year with a stunning array of drinks and food.  At an appropriate time John issued a random selection of Royal masks for all the drivers to wear for the group photo - see picture top right.  A huge thank you from all the drivers and partners to John and Cate for putting in so much thought and effort into organising this event each year, as it is an absolute delight and so Healeysport - well done.

As forecast, Sunday dawned cold and damp, where we had practice under damp conditions and then it rained for the timed runs.

Practice in the Sprite class got underway and the order was very much as the previous day.  The main difference was that Richard Salisbury lost his clutch on the start line for first practice and decided to retire the car for the rest of the day.

In the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class the weather conditions turned the grid up side down.  Although Richard Mason was quickest with a relatively pedestrian 73.51, new driver - Michael Berry was second in a fantastic 74.40 proving that the lighter and well balanced Healey 100 is ideal in these tricky conditions.  Will Richards pictured right was next, followed by Paul Baker, Murray Shand, John Ducker and Trish C-P.

Come the timed runs, the rain was now coming down steadily.  As always, this has the habit of upsetting the normal seeding.  Quickest on his first run was Garrow Shand in a very fast 77.53, followed by Steve Casson in 81.12, then John Tewson in 82.34, Claire Giles in 83.87, Phil Gardner in 84.47 and Rob Owen in 85.07.  On Lawrence Maudsley's first run he went too fast on the down hill section and couldn't make the Esses section so took to the escape road - well, more a track really that wends its way around the outside of the bottom section before re-entering the track before Country bend.  With four wheels off the track the run is classified as a fail.  This probably affected Lawrence's confidence as his 2nd run took 90.61 although the weather conditions were much worse. 

Lawrence's off also had the effect of red flagging Will Richards 3000 as his was the next car on track.  So Will was sent back to the start for a re-run but had to join the queue behind the cars in the batch following the Healeys.  By the time Will got to the start line for his re-run, the track had dried a little and he finished his run in 75.26 to lead the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class.  Michael Berry continued his good form to finish with a 79.51 from Paul Baker in third with a 80.99, Murray Shand who actually went faster on the last run to finish with a 81.83, then Richard Mason in 82.02, Trish C-P in 86.96 and John Ducker in 87.79.

As this was a Target Time round the times were input to the spreadsheet and the winning order was:

Sprite class: 1st Garrow Shand pictured right, 2nd John Tewson, 3rd Rob Owen, 4th Phil Gardner, 5th Claire Giles, 6th Steve Casson, 7th Lawrence Maudsley and Richard Salisbury had to retire his car.

Big Healey/Jensen Healey class: 1st Will Richards pictured right, 2nd Michael Berry, 3rd Murray Shand, 4th Richard Mason, 5th Paul Baker, 6th Trish C-P and 7th John Ducker.

Overall a great weekend's hill climbing at this challenging venue.

Our next event is Gurston Down on Saturday 18 June.  Looks to be an excellent weekend's hill climbing at this fabulous track.

Click on the links to see the full results from this and all events this season.  To see all the pictures, in-car and outside videos go to our Gallery page.  If you want to see the sprint and hill climb records for each class and venue, then go to  the Big Healey and Jensen Healey records and the Sprite records pages.

 

Round 4 Prescott - 28 May 2022

(Report by LC Branch and Pics by Jackie Baker)

For the past few years we have usually had Prescott as our last event of the year in October, but the weather has not been too kind to us over the past few years so when the Bugatti Owners Club asked us if we would like to attend their Historique event in May the drivers jumped at the chance.  So, for the first time in 10 years we were back at Prescott in May - and boy what a difference - the sun was out, it was warm and the spring flowers were in bloom - ideal conditions for hill climbing at this prestigious venue.

We had 18 drivers attending - 8 Sprites and 10 Big/Jensen Healeys.  We would have had more if Huw Edwards and David Lane were fit and Richard Salisbury and John Tewson had managed to get an entry.  In the Sprite class, Monty Hinton and David Nutland were new to Prescott and this was David's first time out in his Sebring Sprite with us.  We also had the the Sprites of Max and Garrow Shand, Phil Gardner, Rob Owen, Steve Casson and Lawrence Maudsley.

In the Big/Jensen Healey class, we had just one new driver in Ian Thomas in his 3000 rally car with the Healey 100's of John Ducker and Michael Berry, the 100/6 of Claire Giles, the 3000's of Trish C-P, Murray Shand, Ed Giles, Richard Mason and Pete Walton plus the Jensen Healey of Paul Baker.

Practice got underway and in the Sprite class there were a couple of mishaps to our freshmen.  David Nutland (pictured right) went straight on at Pardon bend and stopped abruptly in the gravel trap.  Unfortunately, his steering was damaged and he could not continue.  Monty Hinton was much more fortunate as he swung wide at the same bend and caught the rubber barriers on the exit - some superficial damage which meant he could continue.  The rest of the Sprite drivers completed practice without incident with Steve Casson quickest in 52.31, Max Shand in 54.29, Garrow Shand in 55.56, Rob Owen in a best time of 57.04, Phil Gardner in 58.24 and Lawrence Maudsley in 60.64.

In the Big/Jensen Healey class, Richard Mason was quickest with a best of 52.12, from Pete Walton in 53.22, a whisker behind was Paul Baker in 53.25, then new driver Ian Thomas was showing that all his rally experience was being put to good use with an excellent 55.51, just behind was Michael Berry in 55.67, then Ed Giles in 57.55, from Murray Shand in 58.90, then three drivers were very close together with John Ducker in 60.03, Trish C-P in 60.14 and Claire Giles in 60.40 struggling with a difficult gearbox selector.

Our second practice run was halted due to a fly past by a Spitfire (pictured right) that had been organised. Such an iconic shape and the glorious sound of that Rolls Royce Merlin engine - marvelous.

After lunch the timed runs got underway.  In the Sprite class it was Steve Casson who was slower on his first run then managed to get it all together to finish with a new personal best time of 51.56 - he would have been even quicker if he had not run wide at Pardon.  Check out his run.  Max Shand was next quickest on his last run in 53.29 also a pb, father Garrow was next in his final run of 55.67, closely followed by Rob Owen also in a pb of 55.86 and Phil Gardner in 56.42, Lawrence Maudsley in 57.53 and Monty Hinton managed two runs without incident and finished with a respectable 63.76.

In the Big/Jensen Healey class, Paul Baker took the top slot with a 51.86 - a pb and a new Jensen Healey class record - see his run here - from Richard Mason a whisker behind in second in 51.94. See Richard's run here.  Pete Walton was next in an excellent 52.42 and pb from Ian Thomas (pictured right) in a superb 55.73 (excellent for a first run at Prescott) who had Michael Berry still a whisker behind in 55.77.  Ed Giles finished with a best time of 57.62 from John Ducker in a new pb time of 58.53 just ahead of Murray Shand in 58.62.  Claire Giles broke through the 60 second barrier to finish with a best time of 59.90 and Trish C-P ended the day with a best of 60.55.

As this was a target time event, the actual times are compared with the targets given to each driver and the results were as follows:

Sprite Class: 1st Lawrence Maudsley, 2nd Steve Casson, 3rd Rob Owen, 4th Phil Gardner, 5th Max Shand, 6th Garrow Shand, 7th Monty Hinton and 8th David Nutland

Big/Jensen Healey Class:  1st Paul Baker, 2nd John Ducker, 3rd Pete Walton, 4th Richard Mason, 5th Michael Berry, 6th Ian Thomas, 7th Ed Giles, 8th Murray Shand, 9th Claire Giles and 10th Trish C-P

As it was Garrow Shand's birthday, cake and bubbly was on offer during the prize giving.  So, overall a great day's hill climbing at this iconic venue.

Our next event is next weekend at Harewood on Saturday/Sunday 4/5 June.  We have 16 drivers entered, so looks to be an excellent weekend's hill climbing at this fabulous track.

Click on the links to see the full results from this and all events this season.  To see all the pictures, in-car and outside videos go to our Gallery page.  If you want to see the sprint and hill climb records for each class and venue, then go to  the Big Healey and Jensen Healey records and the Sprite records pages.

 

Round 2/3 Anglesey - 30 April/1 May 2022

(Report by LC Branch and Pics by Jackie Baker)

Our last trip to Anglesey was in 2018 and the drivers were keen to reacquaint themselves with this interesting and scenic track, perched on a headland on the southwest side of the island, surrounded by beaches.

We had originally expected to have 16 drivers taking part in this two day weekend with scratch events on both days but as reported in the Gurston missive below we lost Dave Lane and Huw Edwards to broken bones, so had 14 drivers.  However, we had two new drivers out with us - namely Nav Bhamra - the new proud owner of Pat Cooper's very orange Sprite nicknamed "Tango" - this was Nav's first competitive event after the practice day.  As Tango does not meet the regs of our Sprite class, it will be run in our newly formed Libra class.  Also out with us for the first time was Jon Giles - co-driving Claire Giles new 100/6 - Jon is an experienced competitor but more used to older vehicles often with chains (namely Frazer Nash's).  Due to the gap since we were last here, a few of the drivers - Richard Salisbury, Rob Owen, and Jon Giles, had not been to Anglesey before.

Dave Abram arranged for our group to have a garage (see picture above - there are 10 Healeys in that garage!) in case the weather turned wet - how could he have known - as the Saturday was fine, dry but cold yet Sunday started with heavy rain which only eased up slightly by the time we finished.  In fact, we should have arranged for two adjacent garages as not all the cars could get into the dry on the Sunday, but fortunately, local entrepreneur Will Richards (apparently he gets it from his father), used his immense charm and procured another half of a garage for three of the drivers to use - it was much appreciated given the weather.

On Saturday, the organisers decided that as it was planned to be wet by mid afternoon, they would run the single two lap practice around the National circuit and the two timed runs of two laps without a break. Then they would stop for a late lunch followed by further timed runs for those who wanted to take part.

Practice was a cautious affair for most as they either tried to remember the track or learn it for the first time.  Some of the corners are tricky with blind exits, double apex's, late apex's or they are off camber.  All the drivers got through it without any problems, despite a few spins.  Clearly, as it was overcast and cold, the tyres were not giving as much grip as some would have liked. On to the timed runs and in the Sprite class it was Steve Casson (pictured above) who finished top with a 135.32 nearly 4 seconds quicker than he had done there before - is this the same person who preferred hill climbs?  (check out video of his run). Dave Abram was second with a best of 136.47 with John Tewson in third with a 139.17, Richard Salisbury took fourth in 149.79 and local man Rob Owen finished with a best time of 152.11 on his first run.

In the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class, Peter Walton (pictured right - with his passenger door open!!)  took the top slot with a best time of 134.76 just 0.32 secs slower than the class record (click here to see Peter's run).  Richard Mason took second with a 136.84 from Paul Baker in third with a 137.29 (see in-car video) with John Richards next in 141.60 on his first timed run as he spun on his last run. Jon Giles was next in 142.06 a whisker ahead of Michael Berry in 142.84 in his Healey 100.  Claire Giles was getting used to her new 100/6 in a best time of 151.72 just ahead of Trish C-P in 152.90 which she did on a her first timed run.

In our new Libra class, Nav Bhamra (pictured right) ventured out for the first time onto this fast sweeping circuit and steadily improved despite a slight problem on his last run and finished with a best time of 147.46.

At the end of the two timed runs it started to rain so all the Healey drivers decided to head for some lunch under cover and called it a day.

So the results for this scratch event were:

Sprite Class: 1st Steve Casson, 2nd Dave Abram, 3rd John Tewson, 4th Richard Salisbury and 5th Rob Owen.

Big Healey/Jensen Healey class:  1st Pete Walton, 2nd Richard Mason, 3rd Paul Baker, 4th John Richards, 5th Jon Giles, 6th Michael Berry, 7th Claire Giles and 8th Trish C-P.

Libre Class:  1st Nav Bhamra.

The rain came down hard overnight and continued that way throughout the rest of the day.  Most cars that had run open on Saturday had hardtops put on for Sunday.  Claire and Jon Giles decided not to take part on Sunday due to the weather (they have an open car) and some faults with the car.  The only other change was that John Richards made way for son Will to run the family 3000.

The organisers decided that as a number of the drivers taking part had gone home due to the weather, that they would run the two single lap practice runs and two timed runs and then stop for lunch.  If anyone wanted to do additional timed runs then they could, after lunch.  The Sunday event would be run on the International circuit - the longest and fastest of the track configurations available.  Tackling this course in these conditions was going to be a challenge as there was a lot of standing water, visibility was not good - added to which the closed cockpit cars have a tendency to mist up on the inside in these conditions - so quite a test for the drivers.

In the Sprite class, it was Dave Abrams (pictured above) who reclaimed the top slot with a best time of 122.31 pushing Steve Casson into second place with his best time of 125.04 (see Steve's run).  John Tewson was again third with a best of 131.33 on his first timed run as he spun on his last run.  Richard Salisbury was a whisker behind in a 132.87 and Rob Owen finished with a very creditable 138.76 given he was the only open Sprite - he must have been drenched!!

In the Big Healey/Jensen Healey class, Richard Mason (pictured right) must have had 3 Weetabix for breakfast as he finished with the fastest time of the day by a Healey in 115.98 to take the win and push Pete Walton into second place with a best time of 119.08.  Michael Berry (pictured below) really proved that a well sorted 100 is a match for 3000 when the power advantage of the 3000 is negated by the weather.  Michael finished with an excellent time of 121.26 - no mean feat in an open car.  Paul Baker was next in 122.02 (see video of run), followed by Will Richards 128.73 (click here to see Will's run) and Trish C-P in 131.22.

In the Libra class, Nav Bhamra finished with a best of 134.71 after the two timed runs and was the only car to go out again after lunch to get some more practice.  He showed a steady improvement to a 127.45 after his fourth timed run.  Well done Nav - shows tenacity under such difficult conditions.

There was collective sigh of relief that all the cars finished with no damage or breakdowns.

The results of the Sunday scratch event were:

Sprite Class: 1st Dave Abram, 2nd Steve Casson, 3rd John Tewson, 4th Richard Salisbury and 5th Rob Owen.

Big Healey/Jensen Healey class: 1st Richard Mason, 2nd Pete Walton, 3rd Michael Berry, 4th Paul Baker, 5th Will Richards and 6th Trish C-P.

New class records were set by Nav Bhamra in the Libre class, by Michael Berry in the Healey 100 class and by Paul Baker in the Jensen Healey class.  As they were all setting a new record, no extra points were awarded as you only get the extra point for breaking an existing record.

A big thank you must go to Marius and Kelly for collecting the times and generally helping anyone who needed a hand with a ready smile over the weekend and for Jackie Baker and Vicki Walton for taking the photos in such difficult conditions. 

Our next event is our first target time event at the new Prescott Historique event on Saturday 28 May.  We have 19 drivers entered, so looks to be an excellent day's hill climbing at this prestigious venue.

Click on the links to see the full results from this and all events this season.  To see all the pictures, in-car and outside videos go to our Gallery page.  If you want to see the sprint and hill climb records for each class and venue, then go to  the Big Healey and Jensen Healey records and the Sprite records pages.

 

Round 1 Gurston Down - 16 April 2022

(Report by LC Branch and Pics by Jackie Baker)

The weather for the weekend was forecast to be warm and sunny - which indeed it was - in fact, superb hill climbing conditions with the chance of some records being broken.  We had 11 cars entered for the event - the Sprites of Lawrence Maudsley (first time at Gurston), Garrow Shand, Claire Giles (in the Sprite as her 100/6 was making unwanted noises from the diff area) ably supported by Colin Gale (great to see you there Colin and thanks for doing the scoreboard), Phil Gardner and Steve Casson.

As the Jensen Healey class has only two registered drivers (David and Paul) for 2022, the JH class will be merged with the Big Healeys as far as points and awards are concerned.  It was agreed at our last drivers meeting that more than 4 JH drivers were needed to create a separate class.

So the JH/Big Healey class consisted of Trish C-P (3000), Michael Berry (100M) who had been to Gurston a few weeks earlier to learn the track, Paul Baker (JH) and Peter Walton (3000).

We had two unusual retirements from Gurston - Huw Edwards broke his arm and David Lane broke his wrist in separate incidents but both obviously could not take part and have had to withdraw.  We wish them both a speedy recovery.  David and Suzie turned up in the afternoon to see everyone - which was great.

First practice was not the usual relaxed affair, as the scrutineers for some unknown reason, decided that they should scrutineer cars in later classes first rather than those going out in the earlier batches.  So a slight delay before the usual highly efficient organisation by the marshals took control for the rest of the day.

As not all of the drivers had been to the practice day, this was the first time out for some in their race cars for 6 months so some times were a bit more relaxed.  After the two practice runs, that took place with no incident, in the Sprite class, Steve Casson lead the way with a best time of 39.83, from Phil Gardner in 43.50 a whisker ahead of Claire Giles in 43.51 with Garrow Shand on 44.95 and Lawrence Maudsley learning the track in 48.70. 

In the Big Healey/JH class, it was Pete Walton (pictured above waving to our photographer) leading with a 40.94, from Paul Baker in 41.26, Michael Berry (pictured below) in 43.70 and Trish C-P in 45.58.

After lunch the timed runs got underway and the competition warmed up.  In the Sprite class Steve Casson won the class with a personal best time of 39.01 on his first run which he could not better on his second run (click here to see in-car video). Phil Gardner took second slot and also went fastest on his first run and finished with a much improved time of 42.19 - over 2 seconds quicker than his previous best time.  Claire Giles was third with her best time on the first run and finished with a best time of 43,22 a whisker off her pb.  Garrow Shand was fourth with his best time on his last run with a 43.49 (click here to see a video of his run) - the last three drivers were within 0.2 of second between them - all very close.  Lawrence Maudsley was steadily reducing his times and finished with a very creditable 46.40.

In the Big Healey/JH class Pete Walton finished in first place with a personal best time of 39.38 (click here to see in-car footage of his run), from Paul Baker a tad behind in 39.97 also with a pb and a new Jensen Healey class record (click here to see video).  Michael Berry finished with a very good time of 42.97 - only a couple of seconds off the hill record in a Healey 100 in only his second time at Gurston.  Trish C-P finished with a 43.42 less than a second off her pb - so well done.

So the final results for this scratch event were: Sprite Class: 1st Steve Casson (pictured right), 2nd Phil Gardner, 3rd Claire Giles, 4th Garrow Shand and 5th Lawrence Maudsley

Big Healey/Jensen Healey Class: 1st Peter Walton, 2nd Paul Baker, 3rd Michael Berry and 4th Trish C-P

A fabulous day's hill climbing at this very well organised venue.  If anyone is thinking about taking part, come along to see the Healeys at any of our next events this year (see our events page above) and have a chat.

Our next event is a double header weekend at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales.  We had 15 drivers entered, but now to be 13 as described above, who are all looking forward to an excellent weekend of sprinting at this fabulous venue.

Click on the links to see the full results from this and all events this season.  To see all the pictures, in-car and outside videos go to our Gallery page.  If you want to see the sprint and hill climb records for each class and venue, then go to  the Big Healey and Jensen Healey records and the Sprite records pages.

 

Want to start Sprinting and Hill Climbing?

If you own a Healey or Jensen Healey and you like what you see on this website and want to find out more then click here to take a look at our Beginners Guide.  If you want to get involved, then send an email to Paul Baker our Championship Organiser at competitionsec@austinhealeyclub.com   New drivers are always made very welcome.