High Flying Raptor Debuts at Craigantlet

This Craigantlet Hillclimb preview has featured in today’s Belfast Telegraph and NI Daily Mirror. Writer Tony Gregory has kindly sent us the article.

Craigantlet hillclimb returns for its annual day in the spotlight this
coming Saturday 6th of August. Organized by the Ulster Automobile Club
the event will feature Northern Ireland’s only rounds of the MSA
British Hillclimb Leaders Championship rounds 23 and 24, with the
event also incorporating the ANICC, Miller’s Oil, Northern Ireland
Hillclimb championship. With the two events being run as one, it gives
our local competitors the only chance in the year to go head to head,
with the best of british hillclimb competitors.

With Craigantlet’s 0.83 mile long course, being so close to Belfast’s
great engineering legacy it seems quite appropriate that the event
this year will feature the first visit to these shores of the GW
Raptor hillclimb car. The Raptor will be driven by Lee Adams a raising
star in the sport and reigning Scottish Hillclimb Champion. Adams, 31
from Peterhead, Scotland only began speed hillclimbing in 2006 in a
self built Fiesta XR2. Class wins and records encouraged him to move
to a single seater in 2007 and is contesting the British Hillclimb
Championship for the first time.

The Raptors engineering pedigree couldn’t be any higher with the
carbon-fibre composite car being designed by an ex F1 Team Lotus
designer Martin Ogilvie and staggeringly weighing in at only 290kg.
This combined with a 250bhp 1600cc Suzuki Hayabusa bike engine, the car
has challenged the more power enteries, especially on the more
technical hillclimbs. This has resulted in Adams picking up 3 outright
wins so far this year and lies in 5th place overall in the
championship standings dispite missing the recent Channel Islands
events.

Given Northern Ireland’s unperdictable weather and the nature of the
Craigantlet hill, which straight from the start-line enters into a
series of slower more technical corners followed by a chicane, thus
providing ideal conditions for Adam’s Raptor. After May’s crossroad,
the hill opens up with several high speed corners and straights which
require great comittment from the driver if they are to achieve a
competitive time. This combination should give spectators a real David
and Goliath battle on Saturday with first practice at 10.00am

Many thanks Tony, this is a great preview.

Comments

  1. Andy Barton says:

    A nicely crafted piece about the Raptor, but a mention of the car’s builder would have made it complete.

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