Cold Collingrove heats up in Trophy Series challenge

Tuesday 27 June, 2023
The Sporting Car Club of South Australia's Collingrove Challenge Trophy Series latest round proved a big success. (Photos: FourWheel Media)
The Sporting Car Club of South Australia held yet another rendition of the Collingrove Hill Climb over the weekend as Harry Pfeiffer came away with a thrilling win in what was a tightly contested contest.  

Held at the popular hill climb in Mount McKenzie, the event acted as the third round of the 2023 Collingrove Challenge Trophy Series and welcomed a great variety of competitors and vehicles alike.  

While the cold and challenging conditions may have proved a deterrent for some, the event still attracted a strong field of competitors with each entry getting up to 10 runs in an attempt to post the fastest overall.  

230627_Collingrove3Coming out on top in a Mallock U2 previously run by his grandfather and mother, Pfeiffer finished with a time of 32.80 seconds, just over half a second faster than Alexander Rowley in the ASR M3B.  

Rounding out the top three was David Coombe with a time of 33.72 seconds in his Mitsubishi Evo, with the South Australian edging out Matthew Benneche by less than half a second.  

It was an impressive performance from Jacob Brackenridge who guided his Ford Focus RS inside the top five after a entertaining contest with Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX pilot Matthew Cowie after the two were neck and neck all day, only for Brackenridge to win by one and a half tenths.

230627_Collingrove2There wasn’t much splitting the next four runners either, with Alexander Wilson coming home in seventh with a 35.01 second run behind the wheel of a Audi A4, while Geoffrey Vardon in his Datsun 1200 Coupe and Toyota Celica driver Jake Legg just finished in eighth and ninth respectively.  

It was an remarkable day for the Pfieffer family after Harry’s brother Bailey also claimed a top 10 finish with a time of 36.05 - competing in his own Subaru WRX.  

Another impressive driver on the day was the young Elliot Redwood, with the 14-year-old managing to drop nine seconds off his time throughout the 10 runs to put the community on notice for future events.

The next Collingrove Hill Climb to take place will be the Ray Pank Winter Cup on 23 July.  
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