Orleton's Scott Moran is going downhill fast during the winter

SCOTT Moran says he’s been going downhill fast during the winter.

The newly-crowned MSA British Hill Climb champion has been tackling the slippery slopes in the Forest of Dean.

“I have been doing downhill mountain-bike racing to keep my reflexes sharp,” said Moran, from Orleton.

“I am probably in the middle of the pack when it comes to the mountainbiking but it’s good fun.

“There are some really good races in the Forest of Dean and the conditions have been very tricky.

“But I try not to good to flat out because I am always mindful that I want to get to work on a Monday morning.”

The new hill climb season kicks off on April 26/27 at Prescott, near Tewkesbury.

Moran collected his fourth British Hill Climb title at the annual MSA awards in London last month.

“I enjoyed meeting Allan McNish, who is a three-time winner of the 24 hours of Le Mans,

“The hillclimb trophy is so expensive and precious that you can only keep it on your table for an hour.”

Moran re-claimed the title last year ahead of the final round of the championship.

He had previously won the crown in 2011, 2009 and 2008, after finishing runner-up to Menith Wood’s Trevor Willis in 2012.

He also became the most successful driver in British Hill Climb history last year, eclipsing the then all-time record of 104 wins by Martin Groves.

Moran, who shares the car with his dad, Roger, is expecting another exciting and competitive season ahead.

“We are making a few tweaks on the car at the moment to help keep us ahead of the pack,” said Moran.

“Trevor Willis won the title in 2012 and is making some improvements to his car.

“Alex Summers, from Tenbury Wells, is another outstanding prospect and finished fourth last season. He will be a strong challenger this time.”

This season’s series will be concluded at Loton Park, near Shrewsbury, on September 27/28.

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