Queensland’s top guns ready to fly Mount Cotton

Friday 03 June, 2022
Photo: MG Car Clubs
Queensland’s heralded hill climb scene will come alive this weekend with the Cottons Creations Motorsport Australia Queensland Hillclimb Championship.
 
Held by the MG Car Club of Queensland at the state’s traditional hill climb home of Mount Cotton, more than 60 drivers have entered the event in the hopes of being the next state champion.
 
Unlike other states, Queensland’s championship is decided over one epic weekend and competitors will be getting up to six attempts of the famous hill climb.
 
Although there is a smaller entry list as opposed to previous years, the field is one of the strongest it’s ever been with a handful of drivers all in contention of winning the title.
 
Headlining the star-studded field is the current champion in Dean Amos – his biggest threat coming through local driver and long-time rival Dean Tighe.
 
Other drivers to offer a serious challenge for the state title include another local in Warwick Hutchinson, while Victorian champion David Mahon has made way up north for the event.
 
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Outside of the open-wheel Formula Libres, there is a strong showing of tin tops attending – the most notable being Wayne Penrose, who has been breaking records in the Motorsport Australia NSW Hill Climb Championship.
 
In the same class as Penrose is another steerer of high quality in Darryl Small – the duo likely to be fighting it out for top honours for cars outside the Formula Libres.
 
While there will be a strong list of drivers competing in the two-day event, the guestlist of attendees is just as impressive with the club’s patron Dick Johnson and Motorsport Australia President Andrew Fraser both attending.
 
Event organiser Richard Mattea was looking forward to the weekend and the battle for the state championship title.
 
“What we may lack in numbers, we make up for in quality – especially with the likes of the two Deans (Amos and Tighe and Warwick (Hutchinson),” Mattea said
 
“It’s also great to have some people from down south coming too like David Mahon and Wayne Penrose in his VW, so it should be an exciting weekend for all.
 
“We’re very much excited for the round and things getting back to normal after the challenging two years that we have.
 
“We have done our best to prepare despite the trying conditions, but things are looking good, and the weather is looking great, so hopefully it goes off without a hitch.
 
“A big thank you to all the Motorsport Australia officials who have been supporting the event and it’s great to have Andrew Fraser and Dick Johnson also coming.
 
“With the club hosting the Motorsport Australia Hill Climb Championship in October, the round will be great preparation for all our officials and those competitors who are doing both.”
 
The Cottons Creations Motorsport Australia Queensland Hillclimb Championship takes place in Mount Cotton on 4-5 June.
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