Queensland Mount Cotton preview

The fastest hillclimb cars from around the country head to Mount Cotton next weekend for the Queensland Hillclimb Championship to be promoted by the MG Car Club of Queensland. In the first three hillclimbs of the 2003 season, crowds have ...

The fastest hillclimb cars from around the country head to Mount Cotton next weekend for the Queensland Hillclimb Championship to be promoted by the MG Car Club of Queensland.

In the first three hillclimbs of the 2003 season, crowds have flocked to Australia's premier hillclimb facility, with another full house expected for the championship meeting.

Recent renovations to the track have made it much more spectator friendly, and faster for competitors, with many track records expected to be broken.

Crowd favourite, current Australian champion, and outright track record holder, Peter Gumley will once again be making the trip north from Wollongong.

Gumley will be shooting for his fifth Queensland Championship in his super charged SCV.

However, plenty of Queenslanders will be looking to knock Gumley off the top spot.

Second to Gumley at the recent Australian Championships, held in South Australia was local driver Alan McConnell, who won the last MG Car Club hillclimb that was held at Mount Cotton on May 5.

Some other drivers looking to knock Gumley off the top step include Bill Norris, John Boyce, Warwick Hutchinson, Gary Goulding, Ross Liddle, Paul Van Wijk and the father and son team of Chris and Simon.

However, it won't be just be super fast open wheelers racing up the 948m course, but also a large selection of sports cars, touring cars and historic racers.

In the anything goes Sports Sedans class, expect Gemini driver Wayne Burden to set the pace in the outright class, while Suzuki powered Mini driver Donn Vidler will be after another class win.

16 Improved Production cars are entered in four classes.

In the over three-litre class, it will be Mitsubishi against Subaru and Nissan.

Representing Nissan will be Darren Barnes in his GTi-R, with Paul Wiedman returning in his Mitsubishi Lancer, and Mick Jones, Scott Sadler, Allan Kelly and Michael Collins all in Subaru WRXs.

There will also be considerable interest in the up to two-litre class, with Harry Doling (Datsun 1200), Chris Sloane (Datsun 1600), Rick Miles (Triumph Dolomite), Darren Kurzok (Datsun H510) and the newly turbocharged Suzuki Swift of Dave Homer.

14 Marque Sports Cars are on the entry list, from manufacturers such as Fiat, MG, Lotus, Nissan, Mazda, Triumph, as well as a trio of pocket rocker Westfield SEis.

16 historic racing cars are also set to hit the hill, with a wide range of vehicles, from a 1930s based open wheeler, to sports, and racing cars, as well as a host of Group N touring cars.

Admission on Sunday is $10.

Fast Facts

Location- The Mount Cotton Hillclimb is located in Redland Shire, just south of Brisbane. From the Pacific Motorway, take the Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road turnoff (just south of the Logan Hyperdome, or north of the Logan Motorway turnoff). You then travel approximately 5km down Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road, and turn left at Mount Cotton Road. The circuit is then 3km away at Gramzow Road, immediately past the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre on the left.

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