The best hill climb drivers in Queensland will be in Brisbane’s south this weekend as they go head-to-head at the annual Eureka Landscapes Motorsport Australia Queensland Hillclimb Championship.
Running at the popular Mt Cotton Hillclimb, 65 competitors from the around the state will get six official runs on Sunday as they look to take home some silverware.
While a number of New South Wales based drivers were forced to withdraw due to Queensland closing its borders, including reigning champion Dean Amos, there will be no shortage of local stars entered in the event.
Headlining the full field of competitors is national championship contender and event favourite Dean Tighe, with the open wheel driver looking to add another outright title to his long list of Mt Cotton victories.
His biggest challengers will come in the form of up-and-coming talent Michael Von Rappard, as well as Warwick Hutchinson, who will be looking to make amends for a tough 2019 campaign after some big improvements.
With the sun expected to shine all weekend and spectators welcome to attend the event, MG Car Club of Queensland President Richard Mattea was looking forward to what the weekend would bring.
“We have 65 cars, 10 of which make up a strong open wheel field, we were lucky enough to secure a naming rights partner despite so much uncertainty and the weather prediction is looking favourable,” Mattea said.
“The circuit is looking immaculate and we have a good bunch of officials already here and ready to go so it’s shaping up to be a great weekend.
“We have private practice today and official practice tomorrow before Sunday’s official championship, but already we have a fierce looking competition with Dean producing a 38 second lap on his first run in practice.
“He will definitely be hard to beat, but Von Rappard will certainly give him a run for his money while Warwick Hutchinson has made some strong improvements since last year. He hasn’t had opportunity to spend much time in the car this year, but he could definitely be a dark horse.
“All in all, we’re really excited. We have a limited space for 500 people but are hoping we can attract a crowd since there has been a lack of motorsport events in the region this year.”
The official action is set to get underway from 9am on Sunday morning with tickets for the event starting from $15 for adults and free for children
The Eureka Landscapes Motorsport Australia Queensland Hillclimb Championship takes place at Mt Cotton on 16 August.
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