Great Scott, multiple champion Moran is man to beat
It is steep, it is narrow and it is twisty but Scott Moran averaged almost 91 mph as he rocketed up Craigantlet hillclimb last year. It took him just 39.41 seconds to cover the 1,460 yards of the historic hill on the outskirts of east Belfast in his mighty 600 horse power Gould single-seater.
On Saturday the multiple champion will be back, aiming to break his record of 12 months ago and maintain his British championship lead.
Craigantlet is the only round of the series held on this side of the Irish Sea and has been dominated in recent years by Moran and his closest rival Trevor Willis, himself a former record holder. They will go head-to-head again on Saturday – practice starts at 9.30am with timed competition runs from 1.30pm and entry is free – as Willis tries to close a 14-point gap at the top of the standings.
But they have not had it all their own way this year with seven different drivers taking the honours including Jos Goodyear who won both rounds in the Channel Islands recently and Will Hall, a double winner at Wiscombe Park last weekend.
The Ballyrobert Vauxhall-sponsored event, which has attracted a capacity entry of 90 cars, is also a round of the Northern Ireland championship so current leader Graham Thompson in his GTR Turbo and Seamus Morris in his Pilbeam will be chasing points in their home series and hoping to secure places in the Top 10 Run Offs alongside the leading British contenders.
In addition the Allard sports car which launched the career of one of Ulster's greatest drivers, Desmond Titterington, will be on show.
He drove it to second place at Craigantlet in 1953 before going to drive for Jaguar and Mercedes.