The Kempsey Sporting Car Club will host the opening round of the NSW Multi-Club Tri Series this weekend, with around 20-30 competitors expected to take on the popular Mount Cooperabung Hill Climb course.
The event, which has been a staple round of the series since its inauguration in 2002, will see competitors have multiple runs on the 745-metre-long course, which features a number of straights and chicanes throughout.
With the three-club series, which involves the Tamworth Sporting Car Club and MG Car Club of Newcastle, having four rounds in 2020, event organiser Chris Seam believed a number of the competitors taking part were excited to get out and start the season off.
“There is too much doom and gloom at the moment going around, so why not have some ray of sunshine come through,” Seam said.
“To pull this small event off without any hiccups would be fabulous. The guys that turn up will have a good day as it’s an opportunity for them to get out of the house and do a bit of motorsport.
“It would be good if this could inspire people to continue pressing on.
“However, at this point we’re really excited for the event to continue going ahead and we’ll be putting the health and safety of competitors first, so we will be taking extra precautions where we need to.”
Some of the extra precautions to be put in place during the weekend’s hill climb will be extra hand sanitizer available, social distancing, and a PA system to reach everyone who will have been spread-out throughout the large outdoor paddock.
In light of recent events, Seam believes they are very extremely prepared for the weekend and was pleased the club still could still find a way to run the event with a healthy entry list.
“Our Clerk of Course Debbie Swanson takes this all very seriously, so she is making sure she’s all over it, which is fantastic,” Seam added.
“It’s round one of Tri-Series and we’re looking to have a 20-30 competitors taking part. We will probably come out cost-neutral, but it doesn’t matter at this point. It’s just about giving the members of each club some normality.
“The biggest name to compete will be Darren Reid, who has finally come out of hibernation. He has an ex-Hayward car and he is very quick. I don’t think there will be anyone quicker than him in the Tri-Series.
“We introduced this Tri-Series in 2002 and it’s just an easy going club series. It’s pretty good as we have four rounds of the year. We have found this little niche in club competition so we’re really looking forward to it.”
The NSW Multi-Club Tri Series’ opening round of the season takes place at the Mount Cooperabung Hill Climb on 21-22 March.
*Motorsport Australia is fully aware of the evolving situation regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and understands that it is having a significant impact on the community, including those involved in motorsport.
However, Motorsport Australia believes that many events can continue to go ahead, with the appropriate precautions and infrastructure in place.