GSCC ready for addition of crowds and storms

Thursday 23 July, 2020
 The GSCC Hillclimb Series returns this weekend with its second round in two months after a successful season opener in June, which saw James Short claim victory over 63 other drivers.
Short, along with 62 other competitors, will be back at the Mountain View Motor Sport Complex on Sunday to take part in the Grafton Sporting Car Club’s hill climb series, with each driver to get between four and five attempts at the course.
With the same restrictions in place and around the same number of competitors attending the hill climb, there will be a lot of similarities between the two events, the only notable exception being spectators will be allowed for this weekend’s round.
As the club prepares for its second of the five round hill climb series, GSCC President Graham Merry was confident they are ready for the new set of challenges this weekend will bring.
“Last month was absolutely brilliant,” Merry said.
“Everyone was so keen to come back and to race. They were grateful we could actually put on an event and as a lot of our members were fairly desperate to do some sort of motorsport.
“I feel we were fairly on top of it last time too. We didn’t have any major issues, and everyone was fully aware of what they had to do over the course of the event. I was quite impressed with how everyone managed to social distance and abide by the rules.
“This time we’re allowed to have spectators attending which will be a great addition and bring some form of normality, but we’re under no illusion as to how much of a challenge it will be.
“Usually the gates are open all the time and people can come and go as they please, but we can’t do that in these circumstances, so we will have someone manning the gate to take their names and numbers down.”
Not only will the club be focusing on maintaining and keeping within the Motorsport Australia Return To Race document, but there will be an added challenge due of difficult weather conditions.
“We’re going to have a torrential rain storm over the weekend which will make the event just that little bit more interesting,” Merry joked.
“If it’s not just battling with the restrictions of COVID-19, it’s dealing with extreme weather.
“However at the end of the day, rain, hail or shine, we’re just happy to continue running events for as long as we can.”

The second round of the Grafton Sporting Car Club’s Hillclimb Series takes place at Mountain View Motor Sport Complex on Sunday 26 July.

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