At the beginning of 2022 the Midland Hill Climb Championship welcomed Varley Red Top Batteries as the sponsor of Class J (ii) in the series – for Racing Cars with engines between 1100 cc and 1600cc., thus including the latest specification racing cars normally with motor bike engines.
The class was won in 2022 by Darren Gumbley in his new Force TA. ahead of John Stockley in another Force and the Empire of Zach Zammit – who travels over from Malta to compete.
However, for 2023 our star performer of 2022 – Alex Coles will be joining the class and sharing with his father Neal in his OMS 28. At our recent Dinner and Prize Giving evening we awarded Alex our Personally of the Year after his first season of hillclimbing when he totally dominated the classic Formula Ford class, setting new records on the way to 5th. overall in our Championship – and. he was only 17 last May ! We all look forward to how he gets on this year ?
In 2022 the Championship wasn’t decided until the last round and then only after a tie break, in favour of Stephen Moore driving his Mitsubishi Evo saloon ahead of the 2 litre GWR Predator racing car of Johnathen Varley, Both had 130 points, followed by Jon Maycock in his Mazda MX5 sports car with 121 points and the Westfield of Ash Mason on 116.
The Midland Hill Climb Championship continues to be the best supported sprint or hillclimb series that is permitted by Motorsport UK – last year we again had nearly 140 registered competitors of whom 120 scored points and we usually have over 100 competitors at each weekend.
The Championship is run over 9 weekends from April until late September at the 3 Midland venues of Prescott, Shelsley Walsh and Loton Park. Two scoring rounds each weekend with the best 14 scores to count for awards at the end of season.