Duncan McCrostie remains the king of southern hillclimbing, after winning the annual sprint to the top of Bluff Hill (Motu Pohue) in Southland for the second year running
McCrostie’s win made him the Southern Twin Peaks Challenge champion for the second consecutive year. That title goes to the driver who records the fastest combined time from both last October’s Bob Scott Memorial Hillclimb and the Bluff climb.
Driving the ex-Emma Gilmour Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, the south Otago driver ran 60.733 seconds to win the Bay View Hotel/Pub Charity Bluff "where the journey begins" Sealed Hillclimb on Saturday.
He was consistently quickest throughout the day and said a rear spring change had improved the car. The only real problem was light rain during the second run.
Glenn Frew (Lancer Evo) was second again this year with 61.176 seconds. Tim Cook was third in another Evo, recording 63.672s.
Chris Hey was first two-wheel drive finisher in his Nissan-powered, turbocharged Toyota MR2 sports car, ahead of Murray Marshall (Nissan Bluebird Turbo) and NZ Rally Championship regular, Chris Lange, in a Ford Fiesta ST150.
Drivers liked the changes made to the course this year, including reconfigured chicanes and a new corner at the bottom of the hill which created a great new spectator vantage point.