SRA-TSA Hillclimb series Rd 2,
Sat 28 March
The first day of action at the lclimb saw a mixture of highs and lows - the highs being the 4 record-breaking runs of the day. These were from Mark Pryor who reduced his record from 52.44 to 52.24, Brian Pettit who reduced his record from 44.43 to 44.38 and Pierz Harrex who reduced his record firstly down to 45.18 (from 45.19) and then made a big jump to 44.82.
What will happen to these new records on Sunday? Warwick Hutchinson provided another highlight by being the only driver to go sub 40 and did it twice to prove his point.
The lowest point of the day was Michael Ciccotelli's accident with the good news
at the end of the day being that, while suffering injuries
including a couple of broken ribs, Michael is going to be OK.ed copies are available from him on request.
There was disappointment for Stewart Reid when the left front
wheel came apart after a close up meeting with the kerb at the
hairpin putting an end to his competition for the day.
Dean Tighe had his car back on track after some development work and had a couple of minor problems which will soon be ironed out... hopefully by Sunday.
Some photos below from Saturday & Sunday were taken by Steve Johns. More of them can be seen in an album on his
page. His email address is visible in the watermark on his photos and
unwatermarked copies are available from him on request.
More photos also from Saturday & Sunday at the hillclimb are from Steve Ivanovich who, along with Steve Johns, are our regular brilliant amateur
photographers who are both prepared to share their photos with you.
More photos from Steve Ivanovich can be seen on his Facebook
Sunday 29 March
The highs and lows of motorsport competition were on show at Mt Cotton on the second day of competition in the SRA/TSA Hillclimb series. This was particularly personified by Pierz Harrex who had been having a brilliant weekend by breaking his own class record, not once but twice. Unfortunately, on a later run he probably set a record for the most spectacular save by the nuts as he and his BMW plowed
into them sending up a dark and heavy cloud of nuts and dust in
which his car was visible only because of its bright colour.
Ivanovich captures the nuts doing their job for Pierz
While no proof was ever needed of the efficiency of the nuts, Pierz and his car certainly provided it yesterday. Barry Smith was another to experience a bad end to his day when the throttle on his Ford V8 Special jammed open on the last run of the day and he found himself being the beneficiary of lots of hard work and toil he had put in at working bees in the second loop. Barry has been one of the most diligent workers at the track over many many years and is at the hill with a group of fellow workers every Wednesday and we are sure that he will bounce back with his usual enthusiasm as his energy needs to go into repairing - or perhaps replacing? - his car.
In happier stories, there were others than Pierz who kept up their record breaking habits and they were Mark Pryor and Brian Pettit which will make for some interesting series points at the top of the points table. Liam Leven who has returned to the hillclimb after a short break also returned to his record breaking ways and Warwick Hutchinson, Michael von Rappard and Neil Lewis all posted sub 40s runs in good competition for FTD and Top Six.
FTD was won by Warwick Hutchinson with a time of 38.70 which he eclipsed in the Top Six to win it in a time of 38.67. Michael von Rappard was had qualified second for the Top Six was deprived of the opportunity to challenge Warwick when the drive chain in his car broke on the starting line .... something that Chris and Simon Lake also experienced during competition over the weekend.
Best MG Award was won by Peter Andrews and Most Improved (for the best newcomer to the hillclmb) was won by Noel Wicks.