2018 ANICC Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship

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The 2018 ANICC Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship calendar was released at a press launch held at the Belfast Audi dealership at Titanic Quarter.

This year’s Championship begins on April 14th at Croft Hillclimb near Holywood organised by the Thoroughbred Sportscar Club NI (TSCCNI ). The County Down venue hosts the first of nine rounds which will see competitors travel across Northern Ireland testing their skills and cars at some of the most scenic and challenging roads in the country.

Speaking to a gathering of invited media, competitors and motor club officials, Conor Lavery, ANICC’s Co-Ordinator for the Championship said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank John Rice and Murray Harrison of Jem Oils, the main Authorised Distributor for Millers Oils. They have sponsored the Championship for the last fourteen years making it one of the longest and most successful sponsorships which the ANICC has ever had. The Millers Oils brand is a great fit for our Championship, specialising as they do in automotive products, particularly motorsport oils.”

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Hillclimb committee members at the launch of the 2018 ANICC Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship – L-R; Alan Cassells; Ian Lancashire; Gerard O’Connell; Conor Lavery; Brendan Flynn; Philip Montgomery; David Gibson.

He added: “This year’s Championship features a great variety of events taking place right across Northern Ireland from Spamount in the very south west of the country to Eagles Rock on the North Coast. The Greater Belfast area also sees rounds taking place at Croft, near Holywood and Craigantlet looking down on the City. Seven different Motor Clubs with dozens of volunteer officials organise the events allowing competitors to enjoy the challenge of competing against the clock on closed public roads.

“The Championship features no less than eighteen Classes reflecting the wide variety of vehicles in which competitors choose to compete. Spectators can see everything from standard showroom saloons through highly modified saloon and sportscars to the specialised hillclimb single seater racing cars which usually win the events overall with their incredible performance. To see these vehicles at speed on a closed public road is quite a sight.”

Hillclimb Champion for the past two years Christopher Houston will be trying for a hat trick of titles but is sure to be pushed all the way by Richard McGimpsey, last year’s runner up – both men running hillclimb specification single seater racing cars. In the Saloon car sections, previous Champions Roger and Rudi Gage from Ballymoney will compete against the fast Fords of Gerard O’Connell and David and Mark Francis. Just as fierce will be the battles for Class Championships right down through the field.

Commenting on behalf of sponsors, Jem Oils, Director John Rice said: “We’re delighted to continue our company’s long relationship with ANICC and the Hillclimb Championship. It is an excellent platform for the Millers Oils products in Northern Ireland and we are very pleased to see a capacity entry already in for next week’s first round of the Championship at Croft Hillclimb.”

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L-R; Robert Kelly (Association of Northern Ireland Car Clubs); Niky Moffitt (Motorsport Association UK); John Rice & Murray Harrison (JEM Oils); Conor Lavery (Championship Co-ordinator) at the launch of the 2018 ANICC Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship.

2018 ANICC Millers Oils N.I. Hillclimb Championship Calendar

14 April: Croft Hillclimb (Holywood, Co. Down)

28 April: Drumhorc Hillclimb (Laurencetown near Banbridge)

05 May: Craigantlet Hillclimb (Craigantlet Hills above Belfast)

26 May: Spamount Hillclimb (Castlederg, Co. Tyrone)

29 June – 30 June: Cairncastle Hillclimb Festival (Larne, Co. Antrim)

11 August: Garron Point Hillclimb (Carnlough, Co. Antrim)

25 August: Eagles Rock Hillclimb (Magilligan, near Coleraine)

15 Sept: Knockagh Hillclimb (nr. Carrickfergus)

SPONSOR: JEM OILS LTD, 17 OLD ROAD, CASTLEWELLAN, CO. DOWN

Tel. 07762908124

www.anicc.org.uk

www.facebook.com/northernirelandhillclimb

Conor Lavery (Championship Co-ordinator) – hillclimb@anicc.org.uk – 07867988688

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RMS Forum Comments

Captain Starlet 07:52 | Mon 09 Apr, 2018 | Report
Can't wait for Croft on Saturday.
KeithSRi 08:28 | Mon 09 Apr, 2018 | Report
Intend to be at Croft also, never been before! Rough start time? 9/10? Take It the below still is the correct location lol.. Croft Hill Climb | Hollywood Hooks | Northern Ireland
Graham 08:34 | Mon 09 Apr, 2018 | Report
| Intend to be at Croft also, never been before! Rough start time? 9/10? Take It the below still is the correct location lol.. Croft Hill Climb | Hollywood Hooks | Northern Ireland
Correct, yes
PhilM 20:10 | Mon 09 Apr, 2018 | Report
| Intend to be at Croft also, never been before! Rough start time? 9/10? Take It the below still is the correct location lol.. Croft Hill Climb | Hollywood Hooks | Northern Ireland
10 be plenty early enough Phil
Captain Starlet 22:18 | Sat 14 Apr, 2018 | Report
Who had the red single seated with the gold wrap on the under tray, that car was rapid. Great turnout and nice enough day. Roll on Graigantlet
Graham 07:13 | Sun 15 Apr, 2018 | Report
| Who had the red single seated with the gold wrap on the under tray, that car was rapid. Great turnout and nice enough day. Roll on Graigantlet
I'm guessing Chris Houston - #32 - reigning series champion though it was @RickyMcG in his boosted red single seated car with black nose cone that clinched the win yesterday, a tremendous drive !
Captain Starlet 16:23 | Sun 15 Apr, 2018 | Report
I think I pushed his car back up to the finish line after the practice runs ended as everyone else had abandoned him. Was busted after it.
KeithSRi 11:27 | Mon 16 Apr, 2018 | Report
Yep, good day out, some very quick stuff about. Loved the minis!
RickyMcG 07:20 | Tue 17 Apr, 2018 | Report
Thanks for the push @Captain Starlet, a shaft failed on me :-( Cheers @Graham


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