This curve’s for learning
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.
Fast: Geoff Hunt competes in the Coronet Peak Hill Climb.