Amos claims dramatic Mount Cotton hill climb victory

Wednesday 11 May, 2022
Photos: Peter Buchanan
Dean Amos enjoyed another victory at Mount Cotton on the weekend, as the New South Welshman took out the third round of the MG Car Club of Queensland’s Mount Cotton Hill Climb Series in style. 
A field of 48 drivers took part in the round, which saw a massive 15 runs offered to all competitors throughout the day, however Amos left his victory run to his final attempt. 
As usual, the battle for top honours was within the open-wheel Formula Libres and it was Amos’ regular rival in Dean Tighe who took an early lead with some quick times right off the bat. 
While Amos sat out of the first official three runs, when he did eventually get out on track, he couldn’t beat Tighe’s times and the Queenslander seemed to have an edge. 
Many drivers then sat out of the middle stint of official runs, as they looked to keep their vehicles fresh for a big charge on a hot track towards the end of the day. 

Amos’ recent domination in the series looked to have come to an end when both drivers eventually got out on track and Tighe continued to post faster time in his final two attempts – his 37.21 second run enough to secure the win.  
However on his sixth and final run of the popular course, Amos managed to snatch the unlikely victory off Tighe and claim the victory by just one and half tenths. 
Finishing in third place more than a second off Tighe was Brett Bull, whose second time of the day was enough to secure a podium finish - Warwick Hutchinson missing out by just three tenths of a second.
With all top four drivers coming from the Formula Libre - 1301cc & over class, the next four drivers inside the top 10 belonged to the Formula Libre - Up to 1300cc class with Jim Milliner going fastest from the crews rounding out the top five. 
It was a day dominated by the Formula Libres, however there were a couple of tin tops in the top 10 and taking out the honour for the fastest non-open-wheeler was Tyson Cowie in a Ford Escort. 
In what was extremely entertaining battle, Cowie ended up beating fellow class competitor Gavin Taylor by just one hundredth of a second after the Volkswagen Golf driver's last run for the day came agonisingly close to edging out Cowie.  
Cowie was then invited to take part in the top six shootout but was no match for the five other open wheeler cars and finished sixth – Amos taking out that bonus victory by one second over Tighe.  
Another notable result from the weekend saw David Roberts claim the best MG award after his time of 51.28 seconds saw him place P29.  
The next round of the Mount Cotton based series will be on 25-26 June. 
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