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Record-holder Moran leads pack at historic Craigantlet hillclimb

By Sammy Hamill

Published 28/04/2016

Making a splash: Trevor Willis powered through the puddles to win a rainsoaked
Craigantlet hillclimb in 2015
Making a splash: Trevor Willis powered through the puddles to win a rainsoaked Craigantlet hillclimb in 2015

It is a new date but an old venue for Saturday's Craigantlet hillclimb, an event which brings some of the most powerful cars in motorsport to the outskirts of Belfast.

Usually staged in August, it has been moved forward to become the second round of this year's Avon Tyres British championship and will see record-holder Scott Moran powering his mighty Gould GR61-X up the 1,460-yard course which runs from the top of the Belmont Road into the Craigantlet hills.

Moran leads the series again after the opening round at Prescott last weekend and returns to a hill where he has been a multiple winner and set the current record at 39.41 seconds in 2013. He missed last year's wet event but his 650 horse power Gould was there to take second place in the hands of Alex Summers who finished the season as British champion for the first time.

Victory in 2015 went to another multi winner and former record-holder Trevor Willis who is also returning in his OMS28 along with Scot Wallace Menzies who was a close runner-up in his Gould to Moran at the two-day Prescott meeting.

The event is also part of the Miller's Oil Northern Ireland championship which produced a new winner in the first round at Croft earlier in the month, Chris Houston taking the victory in his OMS CF04 ahead of the Jedi of George Stevenson and Richard McGimpsey's RMG.

Close to 100 cars will be in action ranging from road-going saloons to the F1-style Goulds.

Organised by the Ulster Automobile Club and first staged in 1913, the hillclimb is sponsored by Ballyrobert Vauxhall and begins with practice runs from 9.30am. It continues throughout the day with the British championship Top 10 run-offs expected around 5.30pm.

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