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Kris Meeke making climb to Cultra

By Sammy Hamill

Kris Meeke is to turn back the clock to play a part in one of Ulster’s oldest motorsport events, the Cultra hillclimb.

Revived after a five-year gap by the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club of Northern Ireland with the help of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, the hillclimb takes place on September 11 with Meeke at the forefront.

The Peugeot UK driver from Dungannon will perform the official opening drive in an Ulster-built Crossle sports racer.

And then he will carry out course car duties in a Ford Escort Mk2 as well as demonstrating a Peugeot RCZ, courtesy of Turtles of Rathkenny.

The Cultra Climb, which began back in 1905 to coincide with the start of the sailing season at nearby North of Ireland Yacht Club.

Meeke, meanwhile, is currently in France where he will drive one of the newest competition cars, Citroen’s 1.6 litre turbocharged DS3 R3, on this weekend’s Rally Mont Blanc.

l A 16-year-old yesterday made motorsport history by becoming the youngest to drive a Formula One car in an official test.

Nabil Jeffri took part in a day of straight-line aero testing for Lotus Racing at the Imperial War Museum runway at Duxford.

For Malaysian Jeffri, who does not turn 17 until October 24, it is the first step on the road to becoming an F1 driver.

Jeffri said: “I have had an incredible day, one of the best days of my life.

“I have to admit the first time I went out it was pretty scary.

“Everyone told me the acceleration would be unbelievable, and the braking would be so much greater than anything I've experienced, and it took a while to get used to that.”

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