Harewood Hillclimb 3rd July 2022 – BHC makes its second visit to Yorkshire


Photo by Paul Lawrence

Sunday 3rd July sees the British Hillclimb Championship (BHC) presented by Avon Tyres make its second visit of the 2022 season to the challenging Harewood Hillclimb in Yorkshire.


Harewood hosted an absolutely fabulous weekend of BHC action back at the beginning of May. The event showcased what is proving to be an absolutely fabulous season of British Hillclimbing. The outright record was broken on numerous occasions over the weekend by four different drivers, with Wallace Menzies crowning what is his best BHC weekend of the 2022 season to date by carving over a second off the record to finally leave it at 46.86 seconds!


BHC competitors are joined by the class based BHC Cup presented by classic car insurance broker Footman James. Here individuals compete in a wide variety of both road-going and racing cars to score points at venues across the UK mainland.


The beauty of Harewood from a spectator’s perspective is that it can be viewed nearly in its entirety from a single point, the fast approach to Quarry. With the paddock area being at this point too, spectators can watch the track action and take a close look at the competing cars without having to move too far from their chosen spot.


A high quality entry has been received with the majority of the current BHC top ten competing. 2022 BHC Championship leader Alex Summers (DJ Firestorm Cosworth XD) heads the entry list alongside defending 2021 Champion Wallace Menzies (Gould GR59 Cosworth XD) and six time BHC Champion Scott Moran (Gould GR59J).


The top contenders in the 2022 BHC Cup are also competing including current leader Alex Coles in his Formula Ford Van Diemen RF86 who, after a perfect weekend at Doune, now has an eleven point lead over Richard Spedding in the GWR Raptor 2. Jonathen Varley who currently sits in third place overall is also entered in the GWR Predator as are the majority of the top contenders in their respective classes.


Also well worth a visit to see in the flesh is Steven Darley, now driving his own Subaru Impreza who will lock horns with Damien Bradley in the super quick Subaru Legacy. These two super quick fire breathing monsters are worth the entry fee by themselves!


Competitive action is scheduled to start at 9.00am and will continue for the majority of the day. Tickets can be purchased on the gate.


So, make your plans to be in Yorkshire on Sunday 3rd July. Will we see the outright record broken once again? Be there and see all the action yourself.