Hill climb event goes ahead

Dust flew and competition was strong in the hills above Alexandra yesterday.

Competitors from Christchurch south took part in the Little Valley gravel hillclimb, an annual Central Otago Motorsport Club championship event.

Twenty-five drivers across four racing classes competed on a 4.8km stretch of gravel road in a race against the clock.

The event was given the all-clear to proceed by Motorsport NZ after the lowering of Covid-19 alert levels last week.

The racing body’s Back in Motion guidelines allows events to take place at Alert Level 2.

To keep within the 100-person limit, spectators were unable to attend.

Scott Paul drives his Ford Escort in the Central Otago Motorsport Club’s championship event the...
Scott Paul drives his Ford Escort in the Central Otago Motorsport Club’s championship event the Little Valley gravel hillclimb. Paul won B class with a time of 2min 47.56sec. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON
Event pit boss Neil Whitford said the "mix of corners" on Little Valley Road made the event unique.

"You get tight, slow corners, fast, open corners, a big buildup — a bit of everything," he said.

The volunteer-run event was a highlight for drivers, he said.

"Looking at the results, it was very competitive."

COMC secretary Matthew Shand said the event was "really good".

"Everyone has enjoyed their day," he said.

Results: Class A (0-1600cc), Tim Smith; Class B (1600-2000cc), Scott Paul; Class C (2001 and over), Ari Pettigrew; 4WD, Ray Casey.

 - Shannon Thomson

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