Motorsport may be included in the 2017 Australian Masters Games on the North-West Coast, with theLake Barrington International Rowing Course access road to be used as a possible venue for a hillclimb competition.
HILLCLIMB: Smithton’s Phil House will compete at this weekend’s event at Lake Barrington. Picture: RBR Australia
The 2.3 kilometre sealed road, which includes no less than 31 bends.
It has become Tasmania’s premier and most challenging hillclimb event, sinceit was included as a round of the Tasmanian Hillclimb Championship series several years ago.
The course will be put through its paces again on Saturday for the 31 Bends of Barrington Hillclimb event.
The event willbe hosted by the North West Car Club.
The club is also hoping it will double as a test event for next year’s games.
However some minor road upgrades will be required.
The North West Car Club ishoping the course can be upgraded to attract drivers from all over Australia during the Masters Games.
The 16th Australian Masters Games are expected to attract8000 participants will compete across approximately 60 different sports.
Hillclimb is one of the more spectacular forms of motorsport.
As the name suggests, it involves racing uphill against the clock.
It is similar to a Targa stage, with only one car at a time on the course.
With the reputation the Lake Barrington course has gained, it isnot surprising a capacity field of 45 cars from all over the state has entered Saturday’s event.
The event is the second round of the Carter Mechanical Black Tac Series.
Drivers in six different classes will be given the chance to complete six runs over the day.
Classes will be based on engine capacity and two-wheel-drive, or four-wheel-drive categories.
The first run of the day will commence at 10am.
There will be ashuttle bus which will ferry spectators to several different viewing points during the day.
Refreshments and canteen facilities provided lakeside as well.
Hobart’s Ben Spriggs is a former outright winner on the course.
Fresh from a week competing in Targa Tasmania in his Subaru Impreza WRX, it won’t take long for himto settle in to the pace on Saturday.
He will be a strong chance for class F (4WD) and outright fastest times.
Last year’s class B (1600-2000cc) winner, Black Tac Series winner, and fellow Hobart driver Leigh Ford, believes he is a chance to break his own course record in his Honda Integra Type R.
The battle for class C (2000-3000cc) honours looks likely to be an all-Coastal affair with Elliott’s Adrian Hodgetts (Datsun 240Z) and Smithton driver Phil House (BMW E30 Aplina) two of the leading contenders.
In class E (over 4500cc, rotaries and turbo-charged cars) Devonport drivers Michael Bellinger (Datsun 240Z V8) and Brad Matthews, in his unlikely, but very quick Ford Fairmont, both have their eyes on a possible class record and a strong showing in outright standings as well.
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