A real treat is on the way for local motorsport fans as the fastest single seater racing cars in these islands are to contest the Belfast Council supported Craigantlet Hillclimb which is to take place on Saturday, August 2.
The current Craigantlet record holder and the most successful driver in British hillclimb history, Scott Moran with his Gould GR61 will lead some twelve of the top hillclimbers and no doubt his target not only a win but an attempt to improve on his own record.
The most powerful of the cars taking part with 3.5 litre engines and power outputs in excess of 600bhp and with their light weight and small fuel loads are capable of out accelerating a modern Formula One Grand Prix car, a rare sight on our hills.
This year’s Championship is reaching the one third distance point, with 10 of the 34 rounds in England and Scotland completed.
Five drivers have already claimed victories on the hills visited, including young chargers like Alec Summers in his DJ Firehawk and popular Scottish driver Wallace Menzies in his appropriately named, high revving methanol powered DJ Firestorm.
Scott Moran and just behind him his arch rival Trevor Willis will be the men to keep an eye on.
Following last year’s very successful Centenary event celebrating the first event in 1913, the Club now embark on the second century of competition at the famous old hill.
Bob Cairns who as Clerk of the Course, heads up the Club’s organising Committee; “It is very appropriate that the Belfast Council are supporting us this year, as Craigantlet must be the only International motorsport competition in Great Britain or Ireland to be held on a course situated just on the edge of a major city”
Adding to this motorsport spectacular many home based competitors will compete in the Millers Oils ANICC Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship with cars for every taste in a variety of classes from standard saloons, through sports cars to single seater racing cars.
There is even a class for vintage cars that will see a selection of beautiful and in many cases very valuable old cars from the nineteen thirties, tackle the famous hill.