Big field for hillclimb
ROUND three of the 2012 Grafton Sporting Car Club Hillclimb Series was staged at Mountain View Motorsport Complex on Sunday.
The number of entrants eclipsed the previously held record for a club Hillclimb with 77 entrants keen to tame the Mountain View track. The ages of this weekend's drivers range from 16 years (juniors) to the more senior drivers in their 70s.
Amongst the field were 15 new competitors driving a variety of vehicles. These drivers were out to better the class competitors by gaining new skills in car control and handling. Some found that their driving skills need more development. Mountain View is the perfect place to gain this experience with its tight corners and undulating course. This event is an appropriate environment to gain these types of skills as they are run by qualified officials in a controlled setting.
The battle for outright honours was fought between no less than 6 competitors with 3.07 seconds separating first to sixth placings.
A variety of vehicles ranging from open wheelers, super karts and sports sedans fought it out until the fourth and final run with Daryl Watt's Force PC open wheeler with a time of 45.66 seconds reigning supreme. Just edging out Bill Norton in his GRD Ford F3 in second place with a time of 47.72 seconds and super kart BRM 500 driver Andrew Gunn rounding out the top three places with a 48.09 second effort, closely followed by co-driver Col Martin with 48.73 seconds. The battle between Andrew and Col was hard fought throughout the day with Andrew beating his personal best time by 3 seconds.
Just 1.25 seconds separated four drivers in Sports Sedans over 2000cc, these being Tim Luscombe (Datsun 1600) 54.52sec, Brennan Elks (VL Commodore) 54.57sec, Adam Kane (VH Commodore) 54.77sec and Darran Forbes (Ford Escort) 55.77sec. However, they were unable to peg back Nicholas Contojohn (WRX Subaru) posting a time of 48.15sec to win the class.
Group 3J clubs cars was a field made up of seven Toyota Corollas, four Ford Escorts, two Isuzu Belletts, 2 Holden Geminis, a Mazda MX5 and last but not least one Morris Mini.
Club life members believe the 17 vehicles in this class made another record for the day. Competition times ranged from low 51sec to mid-60sec. Gold went to Bill Heuchmer (Corolla) 51.42sec, silver to wife Jenni Heuchmer (Corolla) 51.89sec and bronze to Steve Sauer (Escort) 52.66sec.
Also competing in the class were the younger generation of Dallas Rose (Toyota Corolla), Harry Everett (Holden Gemini) and Ryan Green (Toyota Corolla).
The final Hillclimb event for 2012 will be Round 4 on October 14. If anyone is interested in joining the club please see details on the website http://www.gscc.org.au or the Facebook page - Grafton Sporting Car Club. All results from Sunday's event are posted on the site.
Come along to Mountain View where "we do it off the streets".