Kempsey Sporting Car Club hosts NSW Hill Climb Championship

Kempsey Sporting Car Club conducted round four of the Mantic Clutch NSW Hill Climb Championship at the Mount Cooperabung track on May 6 and 7.

The field of 46 competitors, contesting twenty different classes, enjoyed a warm track, which proved ideal for fast racing, with nine records broken during the event. 

IN THE FAST LANE: Sydney driver Neil De Pau won the Open closed Sports cars under 1600cc in his Radical Pro Sport. Photo: Joel Smith.

IN THE FAST LANE: Sydney driver Neil De Pau won the Open closed Sports cars under 1600cc in his Radical Pro Sport. Photo: Joel Smith.

The conditions were a welcome change from the wet conditions that have plagued hill climb competitions over the last 12 months. 

From the outset, it was clear that Doug Barry’s Lola would be very hard to beat.

Barry won the day with a best time of 23.603 seconds.

The battle for second place was tight, with Kempsey’s Dave Morrow holding off the Nissan GTR of Sydney’s Neville Shears.

Morrow’s time of 25.662 seconds set a new record for the Formula Libra class 750cc to 1300cc.

The next major event for the club is the Clybucca Rally to be held on July 1.

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