Daniel Day has enjoyed a brilliant end to his 2020 campaign with a dominant victory in the hugely popular Willunga Hillclimb.
More than 100 competitors from around South Australia had entered the Ultimate Motorsport Events run hill climb, but it was Day who proved too strong for the field as he finished 16 seconds ahead of the second placed Andrew Campbell.
With each competitor getting four attempts at the 2.69km course and their runs tallying to an overall time, Day comfortably steered his Subaru STI to the fastest time in every run, twice breaking the one minute and 20 second barrier and twice being the only driver to do so.
Getting faster as the event went on, Day ended up shaving two seconds off his first run time with his final attempt of 1:18.61 ending up as the event’s fastest.
Following on from his fourth Willunga Hillclimb victory, Day was really pleased with the performance of the Subaru and was looking forward to a big 2021.
“The car was at its best and we are really happy with how much speed we had,” Day said.
“We are really rapt with the weekend. Add that result to our Legends of Lake victory earlier this year, and it turned out to be really good year for us.
“That’s our fourth win here so we definitely had a bit of confidence about getting it done. With that said, there were a few good cars that kept us on our toes to make sure we didn’t get complacent.
“A big thanks to the family business S&J Automotive for building the car, Ultimate Motorsport Events for a really good event and the officials for doing what they do to help us compete.
“As for 2021, we’re going to have another crack at Willunga again and the Legends of the Lake. If we can win at the lake next year, we will make it six consecutive victories, which will be a record. We would also like to take the car to some other disciplines as it’s a good all round car.”
While Day was in a league of his own at the top of time sheets and Campbell comfortably secured second place, the battle for third proved to be a much closer affair with three drivers having been in contention.
Less than one second separated Damian Malizani, Julian Newton and Oscar Matthews at the end of the event, but it was Malizani in the Mazda RX7 who ultimately won courtesy of his final run of the day, which saw him leapfrog Newton and Matthews to snatch third place.
Trailing both Mitsubishi pilots heading into the finale, Malizani’s run was one and half seconds faster than the duo, promoting him to third by just one and half tenths of a second over Newton.