Title fight heats up at revamped Oakburn Park

Tuesday 18 July, 2023
Photo: Tamworth Sporting Car Club
The fight for second place in the Motorsport Australia NSW Hillclimb Championship took another twist on the weekend as Peter Brown claimed his first victory of the season in Tamworth last weekend.  

The Championship made its way to the newly revamped Oakburn Park Raceway for the first time this season to hold the penultimate round of the season, with more than 25 competitors getting up to four opportunities to claim victory, as well as post a brand new record in the process.

On just his third attempt, Brown posted a time of just over one-minute and seven seconds in his ProSport Mulsanne, which was unbeaten for the rest of the day - his closest competition being Matthew Brown, who was just under two seconds slower.
While there was two seconds separating the the top two, there was very little between Matthew and the rest of the top five drivers, with just eight tenths the difference.

Finishing three tenths off in third place and rounding out the podium was Paul Finch, while Wayne Penrose was a further one and a half tenths off in fourth and the the fifth placed Luca Cox's best time was tree and a half tenths off.
There was plenty of close battles in the bottom half of the top 10 as non-championship registered driver Michael Laymore finished sixth overall, just two tenths faster than Greg Jones.

Behind the seventh-placed Jones was one of the most thrilling battles of the event as less than one tenth of a second separated Timothy Blake, Craig Kinagbiel and Peter Akers - Blake ultimately claiming eighth over Kinagbiel by just nine thousandths, while Akers rounded out the top 10 a further five hundredths off Kinagbiel. 
The seventh and final round of the Motorsport Australia New South Wales Hillclimb Championships will take place in Ringwood on 13 August.  
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