Close fin­ish in record time

Newslink - - NEWS - By RACHAEL KELLY

Less than one sec­ond sep­a­rated the top two com­peti­tors at the Re­serve Road Gravel Hill­climb at Tuapeka re­cently, with Chris Hay of Mos­giel tak­ing top spot in his SR20 Turbo MR2, set­ting a new 2WD record.

Bal­clutha man Dean Bond, the 2012 win­ner, was sec­ond in his EVO 6.5, just 0.9 of a sec­ond be­hind Hay.

Neville Kram­mer of Wal­lace­town was third in his Subaru Legacy RS.

East­ern South­land Car Club pres­i­dent Roger Laird said the hill­climb was the first event in the club’s sea­son and it was well sup­ported —‘‘46 en­tries with many trav­el­ling some dis­tance.’’

The day was not with­out some car­nage, with Jake Thomas of Mos­giel hav­ing a ‘‘lucky spin’’ on a bridge, Paul Goat­ley of Bal­clutha clip­ping a tail light on the rail­ing and James Worker of Moko­reta ‘‘miss­ing the farm and check­ing out a fence on the last run’’. Hill­climb or­gan­iser Paul Gouman of Cly­de­vale also had a lucky es­cape against a bank, get­ting up on two wheels and pop­ping a tyre off.

The club’s Catlins Coast Rally is in Au­gust, with en­tries start­ing to roll in, Laird said.

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