Von Rappard Powers Past Competition

The weekend at Mt Cotton was full of fast times and records being broken in many classes as the conditions were almost perfect on track.

With close to 70 competitors over the two days of action, the drivers from all walks of life were pushing their machines to see who could put the perfect run together.

The Circuit Excel class was once again hotly contested with the class record falling yet again. Although pushed all weekend by Bradley Smith, it was once again Mark Pryor who would win the class and make a new record of 51.10 seconds.

Brock Paine was the only competitor in the Sports Cars (Closed) – Up to 2000cc class and was guaranteed a class win. However it was not just enough to be there to win, Paine also broke the class record on his fourth run of the weekend.

Paine driving his 1998 Nissan Silvia set a time of 48.23 seconds beating the previous record held, 48.48, by Mark Cowley and his Alfa Romeo GTV 1750. With Paine being in his early teens, the traditional bottle of ‘champagne’ given to record breakers had to be replaced with a bottle of non-alcoholic wine.

The Group O – Racing class was created to accommodate Stephen Purdy in his CRD F3 1300. With only Purdy in the class he like Paine could have just cruised to a class win, however Purdy was also doing all he could to get the fastest time. Purdy drove to a time of 52.86 seconds which set the class record.

Gregory Tebble in his 1995 Van Diemen FF2000 set the pace early on Saturday however was able to beat his fastest time and the class record, that had only been set one month ago, on his last run on Sunday. Setting a time of 43.10 seconds gave Tebble the class win, record and a fourth place outright for the weekend.

An interesting class to watch is Sports Sedans – Up to 2000cc because most of the cars are very well presented and go very well. The battle all weekend was between Ross Mackay and Tyson Cowie who were swapping fastest times over both days. Both drivers set their quickest times on their second last run with Cowie throwing out a 45.17 second time which was enough to secure him a class win, new class record, previous record was 45.20 by Ross Mackay, and seventh outright.

The outright positions were to be contested in the Formula Libre – Up to 1300cc class. David Quelch, Martin Egglesfield and Michael Von Rappard all pushed hard to be in the top spot. Quelch in his 1137 Honda DPQ Special always had an uphill fight being the smallest engine in class. He set a time of 43.99 seconds on his third last run locking him into third in class and outright.

Egglesfield left his quickest run to his second last pass and set a time of 41.75 seconds, locking him in second in class and outright.

Fresh off his third place at the Queensland Hillclimb Championship, young gun Michael Von Rappard powered his Dallara Hayabusa F392 to a 37.99 second pass around midday on Sunday of the competition. This time was more the fast enough to secure a class win and outright for the weekend.

The next round of the Mt Cotton Hillclimb Series is not until September 9th and 10th. For a full list of results head to the MGCCQ website.

This post was written by Car and Bike News


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