Belfast Telegraph

Moran's record climb

By Sammy Hamill

Scott Moran marked the 100th anniversary of Craigantlet hillclimb with a new record time.

The former British champion reclaimed the record from last year's winner – and current champion – Trevor Willis at the centenary event on Saturday, climbing the 1300 yards hill on the outskirts of east Belfast in his 600hp Gould GR6 in 39.41 seconds.

Willis took second place in his OMS but was unable to match Moran who claimed his 107th British hillclimb victory, a record. Moran has closed to within two points of Willis at the top of the championship table.

Third place went to Roger Moran, another former champion, sharing his son's Gould with Wallace Menzies, who had been fastest earlier in the day, finishing fourth in his Firestorm.

Best of the home drivers was Northern Ireland championship leader Graham Thompson in his little GTR Turbo with a quickest time of 44.21 seconds.

Meanwhile, Kieron Graffin, driving a Subaru Impreza, won the Dogleao Rally. He edged out Alan Carmichael, driving a McGeehan Motorsport WRC Mini for the first time, by two seconds. James Laverty was third in his production Subaru, eight seconds back.

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