Mean machines do battle in Weekend of Speed on Albany streets

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Battle of Pendeen Sprint competitor, Giles Mortimer.
Camera IconBattle of Pendeen Sprint competitor, Giles Mortimer. Credit: Laurie Benson

Great Southern Street Machines Association held a successful Weekend of Speed across the long weekend — one of the first motorsport events run across Australia since the COVID-19 outbreak.

A total of 23 drivers took part in Saturday’s Wind Farm Hill Climb as drivers reached speeds of more than 150km/h on the windy Sand Patch Road.

John Webb and his Porsche 911 Carrera were the fastest up the hill.
Camera IconJohn Webb and his Porsche 911 Carrera were the fastest up the hill. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Sticking to strict guidelines from Motorsport Australia, there were no crowds at Saturday’s hill climb and drivers were split into two groups when competing.

Glenn Badget flies up the hill climb in his Ford Escort.
Camera IconGlenn Badget flies up the hill climb in his Ford Escort. Credit: Cameron Newbold

The fastest driver in the hill climb was John Webb in his Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0, setting a sizzling time of 48.40 seconds.

Martin Weir catches the gravel at the top of the hill.
Camera IconMartin Weir catches the gravel at the top of the hill. Credit: Cameron Newbold

Rhyan Shapkaris and Neil Herbert also broke 50 seconds in the 1.6km hill climb, which included two sets of man-made chicanes.

On Monday, 26 drivers competed in the Battle of Pendeen Sprint, a 1.36km course around the Pendeen Industrial Estate.

A trail of smoke at the Battle of Pendeen Sprint.
Camera IconA trail of smoke at the Battle of Pendeen Sprint. Credit: Laurie Benson

There was also a virtual cars and coffee event held on Sunday.

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