ARCHIVED REPORT: 2017 Rd 4 Mantic Clutch “Kempsey” Hillclimb


Date: 7/5/17 | Host:  KSCC

Fine weather brought the Kempsey Car Club workers out in droves for a packed grid that witnessed several new records being set on the historic Old Pacific Highway in Northern NSW.

After a nasty crash at Huntley at the last round, Mudgee’s Doug Barry (Lola T8750) was no certainty to make the starting field. But with Malcolm Oastler and Ron Hay likely to be absent there was added incentive for a few trademark late nights of workshop toil. As could have been expected, Doug soon settled in for a fuss free demonstration that left FTD at 23.603s, just a few tenths outside his outright course record.

Coffs Coast regular, (aka the Smiling Assassin) Dave Morrow (Krygger Suzuki) was next quickest on 25.662s just ahead of some impressive work by Neville Shears, in an equally impressive road registered Nissan GTR. A new class record 25.724s and Top Tin Top well done.

Dave Morrow

Tamworth stalwart Matt Halpin (Torana Sports Sedan) had to settle for fourth outright ahead of James Pearson’s rapid class record breaking Marque Sports RX7 (27.581s). Next amongst the strong road registered contingent was Andrew Camilleri (Evo 7), ahead of another class record setter, Geoff Brisby (HSV Clubsport) with Neil De Pau (Radical Prosport) also bringing up a class win and eighth outright.
A new record for Theo Poteris (Commodore) while Wayne Grosser (Ford FPV GS) rounded out the Top Ten, Karen Wilson was best of the ladies, Riley Macqueen best Junior and Duncan Handley (Nissan Leaf) edged out wife Kelly to be best of the electric contingent.

Neville Shears

Gwyn Mulholland (Anglia) added his name to the record books for Sports Sedans 2-3L. In Imp Prod Grant Liddell (Datsun 1200) lowered his record for up to 1600cc, Stephen Sauer was quickest 1601-2000cc, Ron Gallagher (Capri) best in 2-3L Imp Prod while travellin’ Man John Gilbert kept up the momentum by lowering his record to 29.63s in the over 3L slot.

The win moves Doug Barry into the lead of the Mantic Clutch NSW Championship on 47 points, ahead of Malcolm Oastler on 42 points with Ron Hay 27 points. The next round is Grafton on June 11.

Alan Barlow – NSW Hillclimb Website Editor


  • Great to have a “fine one” at Cooperabung and congratulations to KSCC for a well run event. Five runs can’t be bad afterall.

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