ARCHIVED REPORT: Bathurst Esses Hillclimb RD 1 2007

Peter Gumley narrowly beat Neil Farr to claim FTD & the round victory - Image courtesy Eileen Barlow

Peter Gumley narrowly beat Neil Farr to claim FTD & the round victory – Image courtesy Eileen Barlow

Date: 17/3/07 | Host Club: Bathurst Light Car Club

There was good roll of almost seventy entrants and the BLCC organized great weather to top it off.

Peter Gumley (SCV) and Neil Farr (Bowin Hay P6) slugged it out at the front of the field with Peter coming out on top with a best time of 23.03s, just outside record time.  Neil was just behind on 23.81s, and trying hard – evidenced by a slight “wing scraper” at the Dipper on an early (dampish) run.  Fortunately easily fixed by the Tamworth crew.

Tim Edmondson had the Force PC showing its potential, getting down to 25.02s while Steve Hooker was only 0.38s off the F/L 751-1300cc class record on 25.79s.

The 3J Improved Production cars were flying, with new records to Chris Petersen in the Datsun (0-1600cc) at 32.18s, Craig Torrens’ VW Beetle (1601-2000cc) was best of the seven Beetles entered at 29.58s.  Greg Omerod also grabbed a new record in the RX3 29.13s (a whopping 4.08s under).  Showing the popularity of the group the over 3000cc class boasted a field of 14 cars, with Martin McLoughlin’s Torana coming out on top with a best time of 29.80s just ahead of Dave Tutton.

Karen Wade was another unlucky enough to just scrape the wall, which lead to a busy but successful overnight repair to the Nissan GTR.  Fortunately, co-driver Stuart Inwood was able to put down an earlier time of 27.94s for a well deserved class win.

Ex F1 designer Malcolm Oastler brought out his latest creation, an Auto-Union inspired open wheeler powered by a Jaguar V12 engine!  It was absolutely stunning; check out the Gallery photos if you have any doubts.  It’s a shame that it has to run mufflers as it would sound even better without them.

In the Sports Sedans, class winners included Queenslander, Donn Vidler (Mini), Aden Hadley (Datsun 1000), Arthur Hollins (Cortina).  Greg Schwenke (RX7), despite only limited running finished fifth outright on 26.32s.

In Historics, Ron Hay (RH Honda), Mark Winter (Falcon GTHO) and Bob Wooton (MGB) were all class inners.

Commiserations to Noel Gibson in the Vee who had a coming together with the wall at the Dipper.  I believe he was a bit stiff and sore after as you would expect.  Damage to the Vee is being assessed so we hope he will be back in it soon.

Thanks to all concerned at BLCC.

Alan BarlowNSW Hillclimb Website Editor



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