Shannon’s Insurance round four of the Mantic Clutch NSW Hillclimb Championship Mount Cooperabung | Photos

Kempsey Sporting Car Club conducted Shannon’s Insurance round 4 of the NSW Hillclimb Championship at the Mount Cooperabung track over the weekend.

With a field of 54 drivers it was a a 1-2- 3 finish for KSCC members. Competitors enjoyed a warm track contesting a total of twenty one classes. As a result of the ideal conditions three records were broken.

Local boy Darren Read led the field for the first two runs beating his personal best time with a run of 23.899 seconds.

Doug Barry driving his Lola pulled out all stops on the third run to produce a blistering time of 22.917 seconds setting a new outright track record over the 745 meter course.

The battle for third place was very close with three drivers in close contention. KSCC driver Dave Morrow managed to hold off Canberra’s Reece McIntosch and Sydney driver Ron Hay to win third place with a best time of 25.677.

Reece’s fastest time was 26.411 and Ron’s a 26.598 gaining them fourth and fifth respectively.

Late model Improved production class proved to be very popular this year with seven cars competing, Sydney driver Geoff Brisby taking home the trophy with a best time of 28.782 seconds in his HSV Commodore.

Another Kempsey driver to do well was Daniel Oram who drove his Commodore to win the Non Registered class with a best time of 28.923.

The other two class records broken were Bathurst light car Club member Michael Cusiter resetting the electric car record driving a Tesla with a best time of 30.498 seconds and Ron Gallagher setting a new 2F Production Sports over 1600cc record.

Kempsey Sporting Car Club would like to thank the event sponsors Shannon’s Insurance, Kempsey Zen Chi Ryu, Greenhill Computers and Macleay Welding and Engineering for their support.

The next major event for the club will be the Clybucca Rally to be held on May 26.