ARCHIVED REPORT: Bathurst Esses Hillclimb R3 2012

Tim Edmonson


Date: 5/5/12 | Host Club: Bathurst Light Car Club

The much anticipated Bathurst Esses hillclimb (first leg of the popular double header) finally got underway in sunny conditions, a far cry from the big wet that led to its postponement back in March.

After missing the last state round at Kempsey, 2010 & 11 champ, Tim Edmondson (Gould GR55B) was on a mission and struck back in fine style to take FTD (21.33s) on his fourth run. The run eclipsed the outright record set by national champion Gary West at the 2006 AHCC by 0.29s.

Current championship leader Doug Barry (Lola F3000) put in a spirited drive to take second place ahead of Ron Hay in the rapidly improving Synergy Dallara.  Stuart Inwood was next (subject to appeal) in the Nissan GTR while Steve Moxon (Axtell Suzuki) got the upper hand on co-driver Searle Courtright on this occasion.  Matt Halpin (Torana) was quickest of the Sports Sedans and seventh outright on 27.55s, Scott Tutton (EVO2) was next quickest in late model SV, closely followed by Troy Moffitt (EVO6) and David Homer (Suzuki).

New records also fell to Daryl Watt (Marque Sports Westfield Clubman), Keith Jones (Prod Sports RX7) and Steve Purdy (Sb Midget).  The non logbooked classes have been well supported this year and are providing plenty of entertainment, with David Isaacs (EVO), David Hinnitt (Honda) and Steve Devjack (Commodore) adding their names to the list of record breakers.

Alan BarlowNSW Hillclimb Website Editor


  • For the history and trivia buffs, the old outright record was set in the Lola now in the care of Doug Barry. Back in November 2006, against the odds and some overnight repairs, West Ozzie resident Garry West pulled off a “come from behind” final run to take the AHCC from Victorian driver Andrew Howell and co-driver, UK Champion Martin Groves. Both were driving the Gould now in the care of Team Edmondson – it was quite a memorable performance.



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