After a disrupted season in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the new NSW Hillclimb Championship season will get underway this weekend at Mount Panorama.
The first two rounds will be held across the weekend, with the opening Esses round on Saturday and the Mountain Straight round on Sunday.
Bathurst Light Car Club, who run the events on behalf of Motorsport Australia (formerly CAMS), will be gearing up for 90 competitors on each day, an encouraging number considering the worries of the pandemic earlier this year.
"We'll get the first two off the ground and we've got maximum entries. We've probably over subscribed," Bathurst Light Car Club president Mick Tuckey said.
"It started off pretty slow and we were thinking it might not be economically viable, but now we're up to 90 each day and that's what we like to handle in terms of logistics.
"You could run 120, but we only run 90 so we can manage in the time frame we ask to have the circuit closed. We want to respect the residents."
A number of our interstate drivers are expected to compete, from Victoria and Queensland, a positive sign thing for the former considering their own coronavirus woes in recent times.
"Entries have come through late, more as COVID eased are there were clearances," Tuckey said.
"We've got three or four competitors from Victoria that were hesitant to enter. They'd get up here, but they might not be able to get home."
The first two rounds of the NSW Hillclimb Championship were held at Mount Panorama last year, only weeks before the first lockdown come into place.
Some of the drivers that are expected to compete includes Dean Tighe, who won in the opening round last year, as well as Wayne Penrose in his VW Sports Sedan and Victorian driver Kevin Mackrell, who's 260Z Datsun reportedly "will make a Supercar look silly".
In terms of local drivers from the region, Gwyn Mulholland from Orange is expected to compete, as well as Aden Hadley from Bathurst, who will driving his Datsun 1000.
For times and entries, visit the car club's Facebook page.
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