Hill Climb set for plenty of action

Any petrol heads looking to get a fix need look no further than this year’s MotorSport Bay of Plenty’s Hill Climb Championships.

Harray Road Hill Climb, held on September 20, is round one of two and it’s the first time in three years they’ve held the event there.

Phil Jones on the Harray Road Hill Climb in 2012. Photo: Jason Byrne /Alittlbitsideways.co.nz

MotorSport Bay of Plenty secretary Linda Loughlin says last year’s event was cancelled due to rain and in 2013 it was held on another road. But she is expecting a good turnout for this year’s event.

“The tarmac (sealed) one is more popular, but the gravel one is popular as well. As for how many [will register] it could be from 15 to 30, ideally we’d love to have 30 competitors.”

Linda says Harray Road is a “tricky” drive for competitors, but a great spectator-friendly event.

“It’s got a very good spectator point in the middle of [the climb] and it’s quite a good viewing area. It’s quite a tricky little road for competitors. It’s not particularly long. Just under 2km... We’ve had some quite interesting crashes in the past.”

Although competitors have to be at Harray Road by 8am, Linda advises spectators to get to the viewing area about 10am.

She says there will be plenty of action packed driving going on, with top quality competitors taking part.

“We’ve got Phil Jones from the club who is a very fast competitor and he’s the current club champion and he will be defending his club championship status.”

The following weekend (September 27) round two sealed section will be held on Te Puke Quarry Rd. Linda says this road will bring some challenges for the competitors.

“It’s also a tricky little road especially if it’s damp. Again it is a very challenging bit of road but the competitors do like it.”

For more information on how to register or how to get to the site, visit www.mbop.org.nz


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