This curve’s for learn­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - By CHE BAKER

It was any­thing but be­gin­ner’s luck for first time Fuchs Coronet Peak Hill Climb driver Caro­line Cul­limore on Satur­day af­ter crash­ing her car on the first run. It is be­lieved Cul­limore is the first-ever fe­male to take part in the event which in­volves driv­ers try­ing to record the fastest time up the 2.7km sealed Coronet Peak ski re­sort ac­cess road. The Mit­subishi Lancer RS she was driv­ing needed a steer­ing arm re­placed and suf­fered panel dam­age to its right side af­ter Cul­limore crashed into a bar­rier on the first hair­pin. ‘‘It was a bit of a shame to crash on the first run,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s a learn­ing curve of what not to do.’’ It was not her first time com­pet­ing in hill climb events and she was hop­ing to re­turn to take part in the Coronet hill climb next year. She con­tin­ued to race and her fastest run of the day was 1min 58.0sec. Clerk of the Course Nigel Ede said spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing was dis­played dur­ing the event and this year the race record was bro­ken three times. Glenn Frew, of North Taieri, recorded the fastest time of the day of 1min 25.62sec but not be­fore Clark Proc­tor, of Takanini, recorded 1min 28.02sec, and Dun­can McCrostie, of Kai­tan­gata, recorded 1min 26.98sec. Frew, at the wheel of a red Mit­subishi EVO, also clocked the fastest hill climb last year, record­ing 1min 28.72sec – 0.05sec off the record of 1min 28.67sec, set by Bruce Sax­ton, of Dunedin, in 1991. ‘‘Fi­nally we got the weather and con­di­tions to do it,’’ Mr Ede said. The event was hosted by the Queen­stown Car Club.

Ready, Set, Go: Fuchs Coronet Peak Hill Climb first-time driver Caro­line Cul­limore be­fore the race on Satur­day.

Pho­tos: JO BOYD

Fast: Ge­off Hunt com­petes in the Coronet Peak Hill Climb.

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