The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has appointed the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) as the promoter of the MSA British Hill Climb Championship and Hill Climb Leaders Championship for a period of five years from 1 January 2012.
The appointment follows an open tender process that was launched by the MSA earlier this year. BARC will take over from Speed Championships Ltd, which has run both Hill Climb championships successfully for many years.
BARC Chief Executive, Dennis Carter, said: “We are delighted to have been given this opportunity. We have been involved in hill climbing for more years than I can imagine, and of course operated the hill climbs at Gurston Down and Harewood Hill.
“When Tony Fletcher first suggested that we should apply to run the championships when he decided to retire we were flattered to say the least; Tony has done a great job in keeping the championships strong and healthy and will be a hard act to follow.”
MSA General Secretary, Rob Jones, said: “The MSA was delighted by BARC’s interest and we are confident that the championships will flourish under fresh management. We must thank Speed Championships’ Tony Fletcher for his great contribution to the championships’ ongoing success, and would like it noted that he has been involved in their organisation for over 50 years.”
6 July 2011