It's A Family Affair

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A passion for motorsport is often a result of family influence, and at the grass roots level, it is apparent just by looking at the entry list of the 2011 asp Mount Alma Mile.  16 South Australian families will have 2 or more members competing up the gruelling 19% slope at the event, to be held on the 2nd & 3rd of April in the Hindmarsh Valley.

3 Generations of the Day family will be competing over the weekend; Tony Day in his Saleen Mustang, with his son Sean and 16 year old grandson Daniel sharing a Subaru WRX STi.

Daniel has been competing since the age of 12, starting with motorkhanas and working up to his first rally in 2010, taking 12th outright at the Kuitpo Forest event with co-driver Steve Glenney.  At the 2010 Legend of the Lakes Hillclimb, he placed 17th outright in a field of 120 competitors.

Sean is no slouch either, making it into the finals in the 2010 Mount Alma Mile with the 3rd fastest cumulative time for the weekend.  However disaster struck on the start line for the Top 12 shoot out when a component in the drive train dramatically exploded, forcing him to withdraw and settle for 12th Outright. Sean also took 3rd outright in the 2009 Legend of the Lakes event.

Tony imported his Saleen into Australia in 2007 and converted it to right hand drive. Since then he has competed in many hillclimbs including Legend of the Lakes in 2009 and 2010, with his Mount Alma debut being in 2010.  Tony has also participated as an official course car in the Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally since 2009.

The Orme brothers, Simon and Tasman, finished 6th & 8th respectively at Mount Alma in 2010, and will be battling again for family bragging rights.  Matthew Leathley, who finished 11th in the 2010 event, has convinced his brother Gavin to take up the challenge for the first time in 2011.  Then there are brothers-in-law Dean Maul-Dunn and Danny Maul, competing in their second year in a row, looking to follow up their 2010 performances.

Andre Lukasz and son Mitchell will be attending for the third year in a row, as will Allen Weber and son Andrew, and Ken Mee and his son Brendan.  3rd Outright in 2010, Kier Wilson has enticed his son Kurt to come over from NSW compete, Graeme Pederson will be being sized up by his son Dillon, while Andrew Stevens will be looking to keep ahead of his son Dylan.

Colin Zytveld will be competing alongside sons Troy & Wade, while Mark Rundle’s previous experience at the Mile in 2009 might give him the advantage over father Bronte and brother Craig, who will be running for the first time.

It’s not just the boys getting in on the action either, with a few couples featuring in the entry list.  James and Dianne Crinson will be competing for the second year in a row, while husband and wife teams Bruce and Tracy Combe and Seth Coultas and Lona Zhang will be first timers in 2011.

Finally, and one to watch out for, is Tristan Catford; outright winner in 2010, he will have his father as a shadow for the weekend as Robert will be competing for the first time in his own vehicle.

As a precursor for the 2011 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally, the Mount Alma Mile is shaping up to be a cracking event with a surplus of exciting competition.

The 2011 Mount Alma Mile is proud to be supporting the Variety SA Bash.

For more details on the 2011 Mount Alma Mile please visit www.mountalmamile.com
For more details on the 2011 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally please visit www.ahtr.com.au
For more details on Variety SA please visit www.variety.org.au/sa
Or phone Andrew Admiraal on 0403 116 400, email andrew@ahtr.com.au

 

SA’S BIGGEST HILLCLIMB IS BACK

2011 will be the third running of the asp Mount Alma Mile Hillclimb, held over 2 days each April in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula district of Hindmarsh Valley.
 
The 1.6km track is the longest currently being used in SA, and plays host to SA’s largest hill climbing field at 150 competitors.  In the first two years, organisers were forced to turn hopeful competitors away due to filling the field before entries officially closed.
 
Interest in the 2011 event has promised to be no less intense. The release of Supplementary Regulations at 10am on February 12th saw places to fill in record time.  “Past competitors are always talking up the event, and for those that have previously missed out, the Mile becomes a must-do.  It all adds up to a lot of excitement”, advised Clerk of Course, Michael Clements.
 
The Mount Alma Mile Hillclimb runs a unique results system, which combines times from all runs to rank the competitors and decide on the overall top 12.  This system rewards consistent drivers with reliable vehicles, as one wrong move or a mechanical failure could put you out of the running.  Spectators also get to see each car attempt the maximum number of runs.
 
Hillclimb events like the Mount Alma Mile are the very essence of motorsport.  The drivers compete purely for the love of driving.  The rivalry is friendly, and drivers will often trade tips or lend a hand to help one another out.  Many cars have been built, modified or maintained by a family or a group of friends, and are entered multiple times to give each contributor a chance to drive.  Most drivers know each part of their car from previous repair or upgrade, and can drive the machine to its limit, knowing that the consequence of pushing it too far is a DIY repair, possibly before they can drive home.  The budgets are tight, the solutions are creative, and the pure passion for motorsport is everywhere you look.
 
The 2011 Mount Alma Mile to be run over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April, 2011.
 
The 2011 Mount Alma Mile is proud to be supporting the Variety SA Bash.
 
For more details on the 2011 Mount Alma Mile please visit www.mountalmamile.com 
For more details on the 2011 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally please visit www.ahtr.com.au 
For more details on Variety SA please visit www.variety.org.au/sa 
Or phone Andrew Admiraal on 0403 116 400, email andrew@ahtr.com.au
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