Stephen Mott wins Tasmanian Hillclimb Championship for second year in a row

EVERYTHING'S COMING UP PHIL HOUSE: Smithton driver Phil House set a course record on his way to second place. Picture: RBR Australia
EVERYTHING'S COMING UP PHIL HOUSE: Smithton driver Phil House set a course record on his way to second place. Picture: RBR Australia

A home course advantage helped Cooee’s Stephen Mott clinch his second consecutive Tasmanian Hillclimb Championship title on Saturday.

Competing in the title’s fourth and final round on the North-West Coast, Mott saved his best lap until last, completing the 1.2km Oonah Road course in 31.37 seconds to finish more than a second ahead of the field in his Quoll MB01 open-wheeler.

Smithon’s Phil House also impressed, winning class honours by breaking his own Class C (2L-3L engine capacity) record in a BMW 325i Alpina.

House shaved 0.16 seconds off his previous best time to finish ahead of eventual championship winner  Aaron Bugeja.

Leigh Ford was Launceston’s best performer, driving his Honda Integra to a second-place Class B (1.6L-2L) finish behind Luke Peters and consequently sealing the state title.

Burnie driver Sam Phipps nudged out Devonport’s Michael Bellinger to win the Class E (4.5L-plus) state championship.

Drivers enjoyed good racing conditions in the afternoon despite a wet start to the day.