ARCHIVED REPORT: Canberra Hillclimb RD 3 2008


Date: 13/4/08 | Host Club: Southern District Motorsport Association

The competition was hot despite the couple of showers (and hail) that swept through during the day. A damp track slowed first run times with Steve Hooker (Jedi) taking up the early lead (45.78s).  As the grey was replaced by blue skies the times began to tumble.  Peter Gumley (SCV) was first (and only) competitor to drop below 40s, finally registering an FTD of 39.14s on his fourth run.

Meanwhile, Tim Edmondson appears to have shaken all those monkeys off his back and has the Force cooking.  He finished with a new class record (40.79s) and second outright.  Steve Hooker (Jedi/Suzuki) had to settle for third outright (42.13s).

In the up to 750cc F/Libre class Phil Pratt (Trojan) broke David Hill’s longstanding record to finish fourth outright just ahead of Tom Donovan’s Megakart and Searle Courtright (Axtell Suzuki). While Steve Hooker was taking out the 751-1300cc class a handy battle developed between John Bown (Altin) and Nick Mason (Sparrow) with only a few tenths separating them in eighth and tenth positions.

In Tin Tops, Stuart Inwood was at his best, making ample use of the Skyline’s all wheel drive, finishing with a creditable sixth outright (45.85s) and a new class record while a fine drive from Arthur Hollins (Cortina) produced a ninth outright result.

Matt Halpin ‘s Torana was the best of the big Sport Sedans (47.50s) while Aden Hadley’s Datsun was quickest of the up to 2 litre ones (49.23s). Other new records went to Tim Norris (Datsun 280ZX), Paul Finch (PRB), Alan Barlow (Sprite), Brad Goulding (Nota) and Bob Wootton (Lotus).

Alan BarlowNSW Hillclimb Website Editor


  • Congratulations to everyone at SDMA for the well run event.  Particular thanks to the officials who were exposed to extremes of weather.
  • The new concrete pit roads have really improved the venue.
  • A welcome addition to the NSW Championship at Fairbairn was Canberra driver Michele Guyer.  Michele created a lot of interest as she tried out her new mount, a stunning March Formula Holden.  We look forward to seeing more of this combination in the future.




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