Date: 1/03/08 | Club: Bathurst Lite Car Club | Sponsor: Pete Rogers Real Estate & Bathurst RSL
The season got off to a great start with the BLCC’s opening round on The Esses course (part 1 of their popular double header). The track was in perfect condition, the weather all weekend just great and the competition fierce but friendly which augers well for the Australian titles to be held there in November.
The outright contenders put on a good showing as defending NSW champion (and National Champ) Peter Gumley took the early running on 22.53s in his supercharged SCV. Next quickest was Victorian ace Andrew Howell (Gould GR55B) and Tim Edmondson in the under 2 litre Force PC and Neil Farr (Bowin Hay).
As the second and third runs unfolded things started to get real interesting with Andrew Howell charging into the lead on 22.20s. Gumley was starting to struggle as the SCV’s clutch began to fade and Tim Edmondson demonstrated the potential of the Force, closing gap in third (23.47s).
Neil Farr (Bowin Hay) meanwhile cemented a solid fourth outright and Steve Hooker was next best in the under 1300cc Jedi after a hasty engine change. On the fourth run Andrew Howell made the tow from Victoria worthwhile, claiming FTD with a very neat run of 22.17s and Gumley went no quicker.
The Edmondson team settled for third outright, ecstatic to have overcome unreliability problems that have plagued them for the past 12 months. In up to 750cc F/Libre Tom Donovan (Megakart) (26.47s) just pipped Phil Pratt ahead of Searle Courtright and co-driver Steve Moxon having their first run in the Axtell Suzuki.
Ron Hay (RH Honda) took sixth outright and a new Group R record of 25.90s, Greg Ormerod established the Group C record of 33.70s in the beautiful ex Bo Seaton Capri and Robert Kolimackovsia set the record of 32.24s for the newly established non championship class.
Fastest Tin Top and ninth outright went to Stuart Inwood (Nissan GTR) on 26.51s and Wayne Burden was fastest Sports Sedan rounding out the top ten on 27.34s. William Parsonage was Fastest Sports Car driving dad’s (Glen) PRB while Brad Goulding established a new record for Group O in the Nota. Shane Moffet was Quickest Junior in the family RX7.
There are plenty of early indications that this season could be one of the most competitive yet.
Alan Barlow – NSW Hillclimb Website Editor
- Congratulations to everyone at BLCC for what many described as one of the best Hillclimb weekends they have experienced.
- A special mention for Stu Inwood and Karen Wade who organised additional sponsorship and raffle which saw competitors and officials receive some cash awards. It all went down a treat!
- Saturday went so smoothly that competitors enjoyed a total of six runs