94 entries for Mt Buller Sprint
- 30th October 2007, 11:09am
This weekend Mt Buller will be pumped with the adrenaline, action, and excitement of the fifth Mt Buller Sprint. The three day sprint event will see 94 competitors from around Australia vying for the title they are each determined to win.
Jim Richards, last year’s winners Jason and John White, Glenn Ridge, Grant Denyer and Tony Longhurst are just a few of the big names competing in the event that features 10 timed runs up the 16km tourist road. Kim Ledger, father of Aussie film star Heath Ledger, is also competing for the first time in his Mitsubishi Evo 9.
Car enthusiasts will enjoy the vast array of motor vehicles racing in the event. From the oldest, a 1965 Ford Mustang, to the brand new Lotus 2-Eleven that make its Australian debut at the Sprint. It’s a real “battle of the brands” with Lamborghini, Porsche, Lotus, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Holden, Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mazda, Chevrolet, Mini, Daytona, Dodge, Skelta and Elfin represented.
Navigator Michelle Berado will be able to officially record just how much heart-pumping adrenaline this event creates. Due to heart nerve problems she has had an interloop camera implanted in her chest wall that records data on her heart’s electrical functions that will be “downloaded” on her return to Queensland. Michelle survived extensive injuries she received in a crash in her first-ever rally event in 1995 and the Mt Buller Sprint is the first major event she has competed in since the crash, and after a recent a battle with cancer.
The Mt Buller Sprint is not just for those mad keen on motor racing, it is a family friendly event that offers a great day out or weekend away for everyone. Mt Buller offers excellent spectator viewing points from the Clocktower in the village and the CSIR carpark, and there is live race commentary from the Clocktower.
Spectator entry is $15 and children under 12 are free.
The three day event kicks off at 12.30pm on Saturday with the Mt Buller Sprint Prologue, a 2.5km high octane super sprint from the Buller Road Skating Rink Car Park to the finish line as a shakedown to determine starting positions. There are two additional sprint stages on Saturday afternoon, followed by four runs on Sunday and four runs on Monday.
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