Buchan’s Lee wows Belfast

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SCOTTISH hillclimb champion Lee Adams wowed crowds in Belfast on August 5, climbing to fifth place in the British Championship table.

Adams (31) finished seventh and eighth respectively in rounds 23 and 24 of the Nicholson McLaren MSA British hillclimb Championship and round 5 of the ANICC Millers Oils Northern Ireland Hillclimb Championship.

Adams, driving a GWR Raptor, built with a 1600cc Suzuki Hayabusa engine prepared by Extreme Engines, qualified with ease for the run-offs during his first appearance at Ulster Automobile Club’s Craigantlet Hillclimb with a fastest time of 42.72.

Belfast based reporter Tony Gregory said: “This was Adams debut at the Craigantlet Hillclimb in his GWR prepared Raptor. Adams has been driving the car to great effect this year with four outright wins. These results are even more credible as they have come against the more established drivers, running cars with more powerful engines.”

The 1335 metre course on the outskirts of Belfast is laid out on closed public roads - the only one of its kind in the British racing circuit.

Gregory added: “It over looks the south east of the city, with the iconic yellow cranes of the ship yard in the background.

The Peterhead driver, who started karting at 16, said: “It was a good weekend on a brilliant hill. I had a great battle with Will Hall. As good a result as possible on a power hill against the big engined cars, not bad for a first visit to the hill.”

Lee go into carting in 1998 after his dad Brian entered him into a competition.

He was picked from 10,000 drivers and won a fully funded season with the Renault Spider Championship,

Adams was ninth in the British Hillclilmb Championship in 1998 and went on to win a succession of titles before being crowned Scottish Hillclimb Champion in 2010.