Close finish in record time
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.