Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb announce 2023 events schedule

Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb has announced its events calendar for 2023, with the annual visit of the British Hillclimb Championship presented by Avon Tyres as one of the headline acts once again.

Having brought the curtain down on another full-throttle campaign in Wiltshire recently, preparations are already being put in place by the Club’s South West Centre to ensure next year is bigger and better than ever.

Next year’s activities at the picturesque course begins with a test day on March 19 before rounds of the Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Championship and Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge play out during April, May, June, July and August.

The British Hillclimb Championship presented by Avon Tyres will take centre stage over the weekend of May 27/28.

Outright honours in 2022 fell the way of Clive Stangle who lifted the Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Championship title and Tony Wiltshire who clinched the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge crown.

Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb – 2023 Calendar

March 19 – Test Day

April 1/2 – Club Events with Invited Clubs

April 29/30 – Club Events with Invited Clubs

May 27/28 – British Hillclimb Championship

June 17/18 – Club Events with Invited Clubs

July 22/23 – Club Events with Invited Clubs – The Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend

August 26/27 – Club Events with Invited Clubs – Championship Finale

To find out more information on Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb and how you can get involved, be it competing or marshalling, head to http://gurstondown.org/.

BARC publishes COVID-19 guidelines for Competitors and Officials

With the restart to racing in the UK now well underway the British Automobile Racing Club has updated its guidelines on how events will be run for both Competitors and Officials.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to adjust some of our practices and procedures in order to satisfy the requirements laid down by the government and most importantly to provide the safest environment possible for everyone involved.

In line with the guidance provided by Motorsport UK, the BARC will operate their race meetings as follows:-

BARC Competitors Guidance (v3 21 July) – CLICK HERE

BARC Officials Guidance (v2 22 July) – CLICK HERE

These guidelines have been put in place with the well-being of staff, competitors, officials and all potential visitors to our venues and events remaining at the forefront of our considerations at all times.

As it stands, all race meetings and events remain provisional and subject to change in accordance with the latest directives from the UK government.

To view the remaining post-lockdown 2021 events schedule, head to https://www.barc.net/events/.

Gurston Down cancels remaining 2020 events

Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb has confirmed that it has cancelled its remaining events that were scheduled to take place in 2020.

Operated by the Club’s South West Centre, the Salisbury-based venue had been set to play host to the likes of the British Hillclimb Championship, amongst other meetings, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement on Gurston Down’s website read: “After an exhaustive Committee meeting on the 29th June 2020, BARC South West Centre have to announce that we will not be running an event on 30th August 2020.

“As many of you already know, as a consequence, there will be no hill climb events at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb for the 2020 season. The Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ships Store BARC SW Top Ten Challenge have both been cancelled as has our Annual Awards Dinner in November.

“The Committee heard from all of those involved in the running of the event, discussed the safety and financial implications, as well as views from each of the committee members.

“The primary concern of the Committee was driver and stakeholder safety. The Committee, by majority vote, decided that the event could not be run taking into account all of the current guidance issued by Motorsport UK, BARC, HM Government and the other stakeholders.

“Our Competition Secretary, Nick Revels will be in touch with all competitors over the next few weeks to arrange refunds. These refunds will be processed as quickly as possible.”

BARC announces revised provisional 2020 calendar for remainder of the year

The British Automobile Racing Club can today (June 22) reveal its revised provisional calendar for the remainder 2020; kicking off on July 4/5 and running right the way through until November 22.

Following on from the suspension of UK motorsport in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club has worked tirelessly to put together a calendar with the dates available that will suit each individual championship.

Unfortunately, both the British Hillclimb Championship and BARC Connaught Speed Championship have elected to cancel their 2020 campaigns, with the focus now on 2021.

To view the full revised list of 2020 British Automobile Racing Club race meetings, CLICK HERE.

All dates remain provisional and subject to change in line with the current and ever-evolving government guidelines. Spectators are currently not permitted to attend events at this moment in time.

Those wishing to enter a race meeting can do so via the BARC Competitor Entry System.

For those that do not have a Username to access the BARC Competitor Entry System or if you have a general enquiry, please contact BARC Competitors secretary David Wheadon via 01264 882209 or dwheadon@barc.net.

Guidelines for Competitors and Officials have also been published in relation to how BARC race meetings will operate moving forward. They can be viewed by heading to https://www.barc.net/barc-publishes-covid-19-guidelines-for-competitors-and-officials/