REPORT: 2015 R8 Ringwood Park Hillclimb

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MO TOO GOOD AT RINGWOOD!

Date: 9/8/15 | Host Club: MG Car Club Newcastle

Supported By: Daydawn Electrical

Beautiful weather, fifty or so entrants and Ringwood Park never looked better for Round 8 of the NSW Championship on August 9. The course for the day was the same as used for the Australian back in November 2014 and it provided close competition again.

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Dave Morrow (L) & Keith Hammond (R) claimed 2nd & 3rd Outright – Image courtesy Eileen Barlow

Championship leader Malcolm Oastler (OMS28) has had a vice like grip on the trophy so far and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon, setting the pace from the first run of 35.75s. Coffs Coaster Dave Morrow (Krygger Suzuki) worked hard to stave off the inevitable while pursued by a healthy pack of sports cars in the form of local driver Keith Hammond (Debron Sports), Wollongong’s Peter Brown (BAP Clubman) and ACT fastman Zac Le Lievre (Westfield Megabusa)

Oastler put the matter beyond doubt with a super smooth third run (33.95s), a little outside his course record set back in November perhaps, but good enough to take home the silverware from Morrow (36.97s) and Hammond (37.53s).

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Class winners Stephen Butcher (L) & Alan Barlow (R) – Image courtesy Eileen Barlow

Peter Brown managed to grab fourth outright by just three hundreths to head off Le Lievre with Kevin Lewis in the immaculate Cheetah Mk8, close by in sixth outright.

David Isaacs (Mitsubishi EVO) was next quickest (and Top Tin Top) with a new Improved Production record (39.92s) from Darval Thomas (JWS). Congratulations (and a new Vee 1200 record) to Stephen Butcher (Stinger 1200) with Phil Pratt (Trojan) rounding out the top ten.

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Class Winners Peter Brown (L) & Denis Russell (R) – Image courtesy Eileen Barlow

Next quickest was Phillip Staszczyk (Stinger 1600) followed by Shane Hafner (Torana) and Steve Brydie (Datsun 1200). New Imp Prod records for John Gilbert (Commodore) and David Isaacs (Mitsubishi EVO).

In conventional Road Registered, Brett Manderson dropped his guard for a moment and co-driver Sam Hollier pipped him for the win in the Fairmont Ghia. Daniel Hollier (Subaru) took out the RRAWD and Dave Watkins provided plenty interest for the good crowd pedalling the Chev Legend.

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Joanne Bell was Fastest Lady & Austin Stallard fastest Junior – Image courtesy Eileen Barlow

Fastest lady went to Joanne Bell (Mini) and best Junior was Austin Stallard (Holden Gemini). With six runs, no delays and only a few minor “offs” it probably doesn’t get much better. As Malcolm Oastler said later “Hillclimbing is such good fun I don’t know why more people don’t do it”.

With just two rounds to go, MO and his trusty OMS28 (aka the “Beast of Bega”) are in devastating form firmly ahead of Dave Morrow and Ron Hay at the top of the leader board. AB

Alan Barlow – NSW Hillclimb Website Editor

EDITORS NOTES:

  • A top weekend weatherwise, no major dramas, six runs and headed home well before dark.
  • Thanks again to David Atkins and the MGN team for their efforts.

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