ON THE RISE: Philip Moran pilots his six-cylinder Ford Anglia up the slope at Mountain View. PHOTO: MIRANDA NORTON
ON THE RISE: Philip Moran pilots his six-cylinder Ford Anglia up the slope at Mountain View. PHOTO: MIRANDA NORTON

HILLCLIMB: Back for more

MOUNTAIN View Motor Sporting Complex is ready and waiting for round one of the 2015 Hillclimb Series.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Grafton Sporting Car Club and the 50th anniversary of the first hillclimb at Mountain View, which was contested on April 4, 1965.

This Sunday 58 competitors will compete in 11 classes including road registered, sports sedans and open wheelers, all vying for a class win and points in the Championship Series.

Reigning champions Andrew Gunn, Miles Hoare and Rodney Bryant are all back to defend their titles.

Classes 5, 6 and 8 make up 50% of the field.

These classes comprise Group 3J club cars up to 2000cc, 3J club cars over 2001cc and Sports Sedans over 2001cc and should provide entertaining hillclimbing as the vehicles are evenly matched.

Drivers to watch include Scott Dean (Toyota Yaris), John Scutts (Toyota Corolla) and Daihatsu Charade driver Liam Rolfe who is stepping up from junior class to make his debut as a senior driver.

3J over 2000cc has attracted Holden Commodores, a Nissan Skyline, Toyota Celica, BMW E30 and a Holden Torana and picking a winner like winning the lottery.

Based on last year's results Casino driver Simon McDonald may be the man to catch followed closely by the Hughes Racing Team (Dick, Michael, Karl and Sarah). Also competing in this class is the Kelly Racing Team of Lance, John and Danny. They will all be in the running for the Commodore Cup presented at the end of the year, currently held by Danny.

Class 8 Sports Sedans over 2001cc showcases a variety of vehicles ranging from Jack Quelch in the 1960 NSU Prinz and Philip Moran in the now-sorted 1961 Ford Anglia, both powered by six-cylinder Ford Falcon motors.

Also in the mix is the 1964 Volkswagen Beetle driven by Rodney Bryant who has shown great improvement in the last two years.

Roches Racing makes a return to Mountain View with Brennan Elks in his V8 Holden Commodore and Richard Brien in his Mazda rotary-powered RX7.

Out to topple these drivers will be life member and driver of the 600HP 1986 Holden Commodore, Daryl Small and long-time competitor Nick Contojohn in his Subaru WRX.

Adding power to the field will be the Class 9 Formula Libre division which will no doubt fight out for fastest time of the day with the likes of Daryl Watt in his Force PC, Andrew Gunn (BRM Superkart) and Miles Hoare (Formula Renault) set to complete the circuit in less than 50 seconds.

Mountain View Motor Sport Complex is at 262 Clarence Way, Mountain View.

The day's competition begins at 9.30am. Entry is free and full canteen facilities and amenities available. Patrons can browse the pits to view competitor vehicles.

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