The 90-plus entrants to the final round of the Winter Cup 4 competition were met with cold, foggy and wet weather creating very slippery conditions, so early times were slow.
The fog later turned into drizzle and rain so by the lunch break and after four runs, about a quarter of the field showed their disappointment by leaving for home or a warmer and dryer place.
Those who persevered when competition runs restarted after the lunch break were greeted with a dry track. Sunny breaks added some warmth to the road surface – aiding grip and lifting the gloomy spirit of the morning, with run times falling.
The ten fastest times of the day were all set in this later period.
All told, eight competition runs were completed with the competitors going home happy with at least half a day of reasonable conditions to play in.
The top ten fastest times in order were:
- David Mahon (Nuriootpa) Ninja GA7 30.81 secs
- Gavin Farley Mitsubishi Evo 7 32.90 secs
- Nathan Green Nissan Skyline GTR 33.89 secs
- Alexander Neill BAE Formula Libre Mk2 34.13 secs
- Martin Radford Mitsubishi Evo 7 34.62 secs
- Jason Bartsch Subaru Impreza WRX STI 35.03 secs
- Anthony Wallis Nissan Silvia 35.13 secs
- Aaron Keen Mitsubishi Evo 7 35.56 secs
- Alex Wilson AudiA4 Quattro 35.76 secs
- Seth Coultas Subaru Impreza WRX STI 35.94 secs
Particularly commendable efforts were put in by the open-wheel competitors who all reduced their times by about three to four seconds during the day full of challenging conditions.
Fourteen-year-old Harrison Bishop showed his speed and mature style to be the fastest in the 2A Sports Car Closed 1601-3000cc Class with a 39.47 seconds. This was in front of three other cars, all the others in the Class were newer cars with older drivers.
The hard-charging and enthusiastic trier Gavin Farley drove the wheels off of his Mitsubishi Evo 7 and was delighted to be fastest of the crowded 3C Rally Cars 4WD Class with a 32.90 secs in front of the group of 12.
The next Meeting at Collingrove Hillclimb will be held on Sunday, September 16 with the final round of the Collingrove Challenge Trophy for Multi Club Competition that will be proceeded with a ‘Come and Try’ day for Collingrove Hillclimb novices on Saturday, September 15.
Collingrove Hillclimb continues to bring entrants and spectators the best of amateur Motor Sport.