Entries are now open for the 5th Mt Alma Mile Hillclimb, to be held on Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th, 2013 at the popular closed road course at Inman Valley, 10km West of Victor Harbor.
The Mt Alma Mile Hillclimb is fast becoming an iconic and hotly anticipated event on the South Australian motorsport calendar, with three of the past four year’s events enjoying oversubscribed fields and lengthy waiting lists for those who hesitated with their entry. “We don’t expect this year’s event to be any different” says Michael Clements, Clerk of Course for the 2013 running of the event. “The motorsport community recognise Mt Alma as a real test of both man and machine. It provides a challenge and intensity of competition rarely found at the club level which keeps competitors coming back year after year for their shot at a Mt Alma victory, be it in their class or outright”.
The Mt Alma Mile Hillclimb is rapidly gaining the reputation as a showcase for high tech and high horsepower vehicles. The 2012 field was the highest standard in the 4 year history of the event, however the 2013 entry list already contains a plethora of specialty hillclimb vehicles, Clubman’s, highly modified 4WD turbo’s such as the Evo, WRX and Nissan GTR, plus European, Australian and American muscle with the famous Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera and the highly anticipated McLaren MP4 12C also coming out to play. However despite the ever increasing speed and technology of the front runners, the Mt Alma Mile still presents a challenge no matter what you drive, with many competitors choosing to tackle the mount in their road cars, many of which are driven to work the following day.
Unlike most other hillclimbs, victory at Mt Alma is determined by the accumulated time taken for all runs over the two day competition. “Traditional hillclimbs simply take the fastest single run into account, however Mt Alma presents a different challenge because each and every run counts toward the end result. The winner is not simply the fastest driver, but the competitor who can match good speed with reliability, consistency and the ability to deal with uncontrollable forces, such as the weather.” says Michael, “In the end, they will have truly earned the right to be in the finals”. At the end of the final run, the 12 highest placed cars make it into the final shootout, with the fastest times determining the order of the top 12 outright positions. “Consistency is required to make it into the top 12 shootout, but once you’re there you’ve only got one shot at victory. It’s an exciting way to end the event, and it provides an electric atmosphere for spectators”.
The Mt Alma Mile Hillclimb is the result of a combined effort by volunteers from the Southern Districts Car Club and Ultimate Motorsport Events, the same team who organise and run the annual Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally based in the McLaren Vale area and the new OZGymkhana Series that has been creating a huge buzz in the Australian motorsport scene. The Mt Alma Mile Hillclimb continues the push to grow affordable yet exciting grassroots motorsport events that are accessible to both competitors and spectators alike.
Standard Entries will close on Monday 25th of February 2013 at 2100hrs, with Final Entries closing on Monday 11th of March 2013 at 2100hrs.
For more information, including full supplementary regulations and the official entry form, please visit www.mountalmamile.com
The event is scheduled to run from 1130hrs to 1730hrs on the Saturday and 0830hrs to 1700hrs on the Sunday. Spectator points at the start line, first corner and above the chicane provide great viewing; a shuttle bus ferries spectators the ¼ mile to the first corner, however the chicane spectator point can only be accessed by hiking up the slope from the start line.
However the best viewing is available to officials manning the various points along the course, and volunteers can find out more at the website; www.mountalmamile.com