NSW Hillclimb Championships: local drivers to test skills against state's best in Tamworth

FULL THROTTLE: Brett Slingsby will contest round six of the NSW Hillclimb Championships at Oakburn Park on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin

FULL THROTTLE: Brett Slingsby will contest round six of the NSW Hillclimb Championships at Oakburn Park on Sunday. Photo: Peter Hardin

Local drivers will figure prominently when round six of the NSW Hillclimb Championships is held at Oakburn Park on Sunday.

Tamworth Sporting Car Club members Wayne Grosser, Glen Mason, Matt Halpin and Brett Slingsby have contested every round of the championships, and that will continue on their home track this weekend.

Halpin, the leading Tamworth driver in seventh place overall, will drive his Holden Torana LJ.

After more than 20 years in the sport, he is wrapped to have set personal best times this year. “It means I’m still going just as good as ever, even though I’m getting older,” he said.

Halpin is hoping his extensive knowledge of the Oakburn Park circuit will result in another PB.

He doesn’t give himself a chance of winning the championship, but what he does have in his sights is his best ever outright finish in the championships – fourth place in 2004.

Haplin is currently in second place in the Group 3D Sports Sedans over 3000 class.

Slingsby leads the Group 3J Improved Production over 3000 class.

Neville Shears, who is coming off a win at Grafton, will be there in his Nissan GTR.

As will be the outright championship leader, Doug Barry, in his  open-wheeled Lola.

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