Hill­climb na­tion­als at Bryant Park

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GAZETTE SPORT -

The Aus­tralian Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship is head­ing for Gipp­s­land.

The Aus­tralian Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship was first held in 1938 and has since been won in the past by such stars as Jack Brab­ham, Lex David­son and Greg Cu­sack.

The Gipp­s­land Car Club is host­ing the event over the week­end of Oc­to­ber 26-28.

A hill­climb is de­fined as a sin­gle car speed event along a track or a course of more than 200 me­tres in length.

A track nor­mally has a va­ri­ety of gra­di­ents and cor­ners. Driv­ers com­pete against the clock, with the com­peti­tor record­ing the low­est time for the course be­ing the win­ner of the event.

This year’s cham­pi­onship will be con­ducted on a track for­mat that cov­ers about 1300 me­tres.

The com­pe­ti­tion prom­ises to be the most ex­cit­ing in years with more than 100 cars in mul­ti­ple classes com­pet­ing for the pin­na­cle of Aus­tralian hill­climb motorsport.

It will be tight at the top with lo­cal Brett Hay­ward go­ing head to head with Mal­colm Oastler who, be­tween the two of them, have won the ti­tle six times out of the past nine years.

Hay­ward is a lo­cal en­gi­neer with a busi­ness in Leon­gatha, and Oastler is an ex-For­mula 1 car de­signer and tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor. Both are ta­lented rac­ers who build their own cars and name them after them­selves in the same way that Jack Brab­ham at­tained his fame.

An­other ex­cit­ing ris­ing star is Greg Ack­land, also from Leon­gatha, who will be keep­ing the big kids hon­est.

The event lead up starts on Sat­ur­day with a car dis­play at Bun­ning’s Mor­well.

Come and see the cars and meet the driv­ers who will be com­pet­ing in this great event.

There will be fur­ther dis­plays at Su­percheap Auto in War­ragul on Oc­to­ber 13 and at Trar­al­gon on Oc­to­ber 20.

Gipp­s­land Car Club is lo­cated on Bill Schulz Road Yal­lourn.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract about 140 com­peti­tors and grid spots are fill­ing quickly.

This will be the fourth time that the Aus­tralian Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship have been held at Bryant Park.

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