Tighe and his new record time - photo by Steve Johns
Although there were many worthy performances over the weekend with
personal best times being achieved, the undoubted standout performance
was that of Dean Tighe. At the beginning of competition on
Saturday, Dean, in his Dallara-Judd held the record for the Formula Libre 1301
and over class at 37.93.
By the end of Saturday, Dean had lowered the record
to 37.87 and then to 37.80! By the end of Sunday, he had further lowered
the record to 37.70, then 37.08 and then posted a staggering 36.99! This
not only gave him a class win and Fastest Time of Day, it also put him
at the top of the table as leader of the hillclimb series. But, probably
more importantly, he is now the fastest Queenslander around Mt Cotton
hillclimb in competition whether it be at a closed or open event.
is no official record for this but everyone has been watching with
interest to see when a Queenslander would better Alan McConnell's
sensational 37.56 set in June 2006 - and it happened on 26 June 2016.