KIRKBY Lonsdale was treated to the 54th Percy Duff Barbon Speed Hill Climb for Motorcycles this weekend.

The race took place on July 23 in the grounds of Barbon Manor near the town.

Despite the unprecedented heat earlier in the week, the weather returned to its seasonal norm for the Lake District with erratic showers throughout the day.

As a round in the National Hill Climb Championship this event draws riders from all over the UK, with a sizeable contingent travelling from the South West and over 90 entries taking to the line.

An intense competition emerged between the Hill Climb specialists and the Super Moto stars, with the damp conditions favouring the sliding style of the Super Moto riders, particularly at the dramatic Lafone hairpin.

Times in all the classes varied dramatically during the day, due to the alternating wet and dry conditions.

It was remarkable to see that even in the wet, times were within two seconds of the class and overall records.

From the Dave Clarke Racing stable, British Champion Jordan Bannon and Christopher Eastwood led the charge of the Super Moto riders with Tommy Hodges and local rider Clint Davies also featuring amongst the fastest riders.

The Hill Climbers were headed by multiple Champion Paul Jeffery, Glyn Poole, and Stuart Mills.

A late but welcome addition to the programme was local hero John McGuinness, who also got into the mix in the shoot out to be the fastest man on the hill.

  • Adam Forsyth, one of the few riders to use a more track-based racing machine, also mixed it with the fast men.
  • Class winners were – Up to 250cc – Glyn Poole
  • 251 to 350cc – Michael Tilley
  • 351 to 500cc – Jordan Bannon
  • 501 to 750cc – Paul Jeffery
  • 751 to 1400cc – Stuart Mills
  • Threewheelers – Sid Ormrod
  • Pre-72 and the Les Trotter Award – Geoff Hadwin

The stage was now set for the fastest riders from any class to compete in a series of eliminator runs, starting with the fastest 15 followed by fastest 10 and ultimately the fastest 5 shootouts.

As is always the case, this droves the riders to an extra level of effort and the times fell even further.

The final run off saw an unscheduled excursion by Tommy Hodges from which he recovered well, but which left him 5th, with Glyn Poole, Paul Jeffery and Christopher Eastwood filling the next three spaces up the leader board.

Despite all their efforts the final run of the day by Jordan Bannon was also the fastest of the day, winning the Handley Rose Bowl and replica.