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Mitchell climbs to Barrington win

Scott Wyman in action during the Precision Exhaust Barrington Hillclimb.

Jon Mitchell has taken out the North West Car Club hosted Precision Exhaust Barrington Hillclimb, comfortably beating the 45 other competitors in style. 

Behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Evo 8, Mitchell was the fastest driver on every single run, breaking the one minute and 40 second barrier on three occasions.

Mitchell’s final winning time of 1:38.85 was too good for any of his closest challengers, with eventual runner-up Scott Deane falling more than a second and half short.

Deane took a while to secure second spot, with the Mitsubishi Lancer pilot posting his fastest time on the fourth run of the day, as a four-way battle was underway for the final spot on the podium. 

Only one second separated outright third to sixth as Ben Spriggs and his Subaru STi eventually won the fight, sneaking past Michael Bellinger on his final run of the day.

Spriggs finish just .14 ahead of the Bellinger driven Datsun 240Z who looked certain to claim third, while Sam Phipps settled for fifth after claiming his fastest time on his second run.

It wasn’t all bad news for Bellinger who managed to secure a class victory, while eighth placed Gary Van Der Drift also grabbed a class victory, as did Scott Wyman who also finished just inside the top ten.

Despite not finishing in the top 15, Mitsubishi Mirage driver Stephen Turner, Steph Peters in a Datsun 200B and Nissan Pulsar pilot Roger Carter all ended the day with class victories.

Aaron Bugeja in action. 

Other winners of the day were sixth placed Omar Hasan and his VW Golf who were awarded the special Best Presented award, while John Russell was awarded the driver of the day award.

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The Tasmanian based North West Car Club will be holding a rally sprint on Saturday 10 November 2018. 

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Photo: Glenda Reid 
Published: 9 October, 2018