Date: 5/8/07 | Club: Newcastle MG Car Club | Sponsor: Pit Crew Street Rod & Race Components
The MG Newcastle club arranged top weather conditions for Round 8 of the NSW Championship which was held as usual on the tight, testing Ringwood course just north of the Raymond Terrace.
It seemed that a number of drivers were able to take advantage of the absence of Championship leader Peter Gumley and kept spectator interest up all day by taking turns at claiming fastest time.
Local driver, Peter Robinson (PRS) held the early advantage and was first to go under 30 seconds. Dave Morrow’s Krygger Suzuki briefly countered the move only to have Stephen Hooker (Jedi Suzuki) finally secure FTD on 28.78s. The minor place getters were then decided with Dave Morrow on 29.27s, Robinson 29.45s then Geoff Lord’s Axtell Suzuki 29.57s (a new Formula Libre up to 750cc record).
Sixth outright went to Jon Bown who seems to have the Altin going well ahead of Mark Inwood in the GRD Toyota. Fastest Tin Top and eighth outright was Heath Campbell’s flying VW Beetle. Heath had the Beetle cracking and lowered the Imp Production 1600cc-2000cc record to 32.44s, just marginally ahead of wife Christine who claimed eleventh outright and Fastest Lady (33.23s).
Glenn Parsonage meanwhile (PRB) was best sports car and Stuart Inwood (Nissan GTR) set a new record for Late Model 4WD cars. Fastest Junior was Tim Norris in the Datsun, while his dad Jim was fastest in Marque Sports.
Other class winners included Graeme Syphers (Escort), Noel Porter (Vee), Ken Moffett (RX7) David Ellis (Torana), Bob Wootton (Group S MGB), Kev Brown (Group N Torana) and John Templeton (Lancer).
Alan Barlow – NSW Hillclimb Website Editor