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ORRCON PREPARES TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN Over the next two weeks Orrcon, the steel tube distributor and manufacturer, will be preparing to climb not one, but two mountains. While the most prestigious mountain in Australian motorsport is Mount ...

ORRCON PREPARES TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN

Over the next two weeks Orrcon, the steel tube distributor and manufacturer, will be preparing to climb not one, but two mountains.

While the most prestigious mountain in Australian motorsport is Mount Panorama where a pair of Orrcon racing Falcon V8 Supercars will contest the Super Cheap Auto 1000, there is another mountain that will come to life this October but this one is in South Australia.

The Collingrove Mountain in the Barossa Valley will this year host the Australian Hillclimb Championship and Orrcon will be supporting one of the favourites for the event, Peter Gumley.

"We are always on the lookout for unique opportunities that portray our culture of a dynamic and fast paced organisation and when Peter Gumley approached us through our Unaderra Big Tube Mill, supporting a local was a great fit for our business as we feel very much a part of the Wollongong community" said Orrcon Sponsorship and Events Manager Stewart Smith.

Gumley, has won seven of the last nine Championships and with the support of Orrcon he is aiming to claim back the title he has made his own over the past decade.

Gumley drives a SCV racer powered by a supercharged VW that produces over 470hp which is cocooned in a carbon fibre body with an all up weight of 416kg. With the car as quick from 0-100km as a Formula One car it comes as no surprise when he says the car gives him a real buzz.

"Hillclimbing is the ultimate buzz to experience real horsepower at an affordable level and I rally enjoy the buzz of the shear power of the car," said Gumley.

"While circuit racing is the highlight for many of Australian drivers the budgets required to compete at the top level are out of the range for many people, including me, which is why I decided to go race hillclimbs in the first place."

Regular drivers of the Orrcon Racing V8 Supercar Jason Bargwanna and Mark Winterbottom appreciate the rigorous requirements to compete at the pinnacle of a chosen form or motorsport.

"It is well publicised how tough it is to drive a V8 Supercar around Mount Panorama for 1000km, but to compete at any Australian Championship is just as tough whether it is Hillclimbs, Formula Ford or Karting," said Bargwanna.

"My first race was in a hillclimb event and last year I competed in club hillclimb event in Melbourne in a Formula Vee for a bit of fun. It was the first one I had been to in many years, I was simply amazed by the power to weight ratios of the front running cars."

Gumley will take to the Collingrove circuit this weekend with the Orrcon Racing Falcons contesting the Super Cheap Auto 1000 at Bathurst, NSW on October 6-9.

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Series Supercars
Drivers Mark Winterbottom , Stewart Smith