FAST AND FURIOUS: Hillclimb action from the weekend. Photo: NIGELRAYNARD.
FAST AND FURIOUS: Hillclimb action from the weekend. Photo: NIGELRAYNARD.

Drivers take to wet conditions


Grafton Sporting Car Club

GRAFTON Sporting Car Club and Quantum Racing Industries conducted round 6 of the Cams NSW Hillclimb Championships on the Mountain View Motor sport complex last weekend.

Ripples of water washing across the track greeted drivers as welcome rain coincided with Saturday's practice. Drizabones for most drivers unless you drove a WRX, summed up practice.

The 52 entries for the popular event heartened GSCC officials who feared added travel costs to competitors may have affected the turn out.

The presence of multiple Australian champion with the Wortmeyer SCV and Tamworth's Neil Farr, the only driver to topple Gumley, at Bathurst's Rd 2 mountain straight hill climb with his Bowin F5000 added to the quality entry list.

Sunday dawned a fine dry day an early times reflecting the fresh track.

Gumley opened his account a second better than Farr then secured the day with a 44.48 on run two over Neil's 44.81 still 1.43 outside his record before packing up with slightly out of tune motor.

With Orcon steel emblazoned as the new primary sponsor and new engine components courtesy of the event sponsors, Quantum racing Ind, Peter was keen to further fine tune the new engine configurations, a daunting prospect for rivals.

Ex HDT rally ace Dave Morrow was at home in the conditions to lead Alan Hindes Piranha with his Kruger Suzuki in class 2 with a 47.99

Former drag bike King Stan Pobjoy in his VW powered special edged out GSCC Stalwart Ken Norton s GRD, F3 with a steady 47.31.

Class 8 and Grafton's Lee Falkners 260Z had the wood over Simon Rhodes TR7 a Norris 280Z.

Ron Gillard's experience could not keep son Peter from beating him into first place, marginally under the record with 51.88.

It Took Tom Armstrong four runs to claim class 14 in the Datsun 1600 over Ken Urquhart's Suzuki GTi with a 55.15 over 55.63.

Evergreen 'Gundy' Hunt, and Graeme Diskin fronted two of theprettiest XU1s in Grp N with Graeme turning the tables and leading every run, finally busting the five-year-old record by 0.36sec on a 52.54.

Hard-charging husband and wife duo, Ken and Pauline Graham frontedthe trick Datsun 1600 with Pauline a class winner and a creditable 11 The outright leaving Ken washing the dishes for next 12 months.

Imp prod 1600 to 2000cc had the largest entry list giving CraigTorrens' amazing VW Beetle a new record, 0.18sec under his existing 51.78 despite Steve Sauers huge effort in the super fast RS 2000 Escort.

Imp over 3000cc is Martin Jordan's turf at Mountain View and still is after defending his crown in the family's older LJ Torana from the invaders, despite being 2sec outside his own record.

The WRX duel was claimed by Nic Contojohn over Tyron Bauer asthey both highlighted the benefits of a puffed 4wd.

Nic had the biggest win ever as the 400 hp Subaru loped 3.26 sec of the class record.

Donn Vidler Cooper S Mark Broadhead Cooper S, Neil DePau, Ford Capri, Garry Ford 250 ci Escort were respective winners in thelowly entered S/Sedan classes from 1300 to over 3000cc.

The GSCC members were again congratulated for staging another professional event.

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