Mt Buller Sprint
When03 - 05 November 2007 (4 days) 
CategoriesTour, Race 

The countdown is on for the 2007 Mt Buller Sprint in November, the Southern Hemisphere's premier tarmac hillclimb which is attracting some of Australia's best drivers and cars.

The fifth annual Mt Buller Sprint will be held over the long weekend of November 3-5 at the north-east Victorian ski resort, and as the third and final round of the 2007 Mountain Motorsports Sprint Series.

Starting from the base of the challenging and scenic 16.1 km tourist road, the stage rises one kilometre with a gradient up to 12 percent and passes through 132 turns before finishing at the spectacular Mt Buller Alpine village, where spectators can get close to the cars and drivers.

As the jewel in the Australia's tarmac hillclimb crown, the winner of the Mt Buller Sprint will be determined by combining the times from the 10 runs scheduled from Saturday to Monday.

With just 50 days to the event start, more than 100 entries have already been received. The event is almost at full capacity so entries are encouraged immediately.

With a field of both quantity and quality, back to defend their 2006 Mt Buller Sprint victory are Jason White and John White in their Lamborghini Gallardo. Last year the pair also set a new stage record of 8:42.82.

Fresh from their Targa West win last weekend, two-time Mt Buller Sprint winners Jim Richards and Barry Oliver will be out to regain not only the outright trophy in their Porsche, but also to set a new stage record. Fellow Porsche racer Tony Quinn will also return with his 2006 Porsche 911 Turbo.

V8 Supercar driver/TV personality Grant Denyer will again team up with ARC co-driver Dale Moscatt for their second Mt Buller Sprint, this time in a Subaru Impreza STi C Spec. Also in a Subaru Spec C will be two-time Bathurst winner Tony Longhurst.

Australian rally racer Eli Evans will return for his second Mt Buller Sprint with Chris Murphy in a Subaru Impreza STi, while Rex Broadbent, one of a few who has competed in every Mt Buller Sprint, will return in his 2007 Daytona Coupe.

Ray Vandersee's Skelta G-Force, a stage winner in the 2006 event, has finished fourth outright on the previous two Mt Buller Sprints and is looking for that elusive podium.

Both Lotus and Elfin have confirmed their entries in the Mt Buller Sprint with car and driver combinations to be announced soon.

The Mt Buller Sprint forms part of a three-round Mountain Motorsports Sprint Series. The 2008 series will include the new Thredbo Sprint to be held in late January, the Lake Mountain Sprint in March and then it's back to Mt Buller in October for the Grand Finale.