A non-starter at the recent Willunga Hillclimb due to unexpected car mechanical issues, South Australian Nick Streckeisen will for tomorrow’s inaugural Eden Valley Hillclimb trade his World Time Attack Challenge-prepared 2008 Nissan R35 GT-R, for its road-going equivalent.
Likely to be a top contender at this year’s event, Streckeisen has chalked up an impressive array of achievements in his race-prepared GT-R, which is currently undergoing repairs. Last year he won the Willunga Hillclimb, finished third in class at the World Time Attack Challenge and finished fifth at the Legends of the Lake hillclimb in Mt Gambier. He also finished second at this year’s Mt Alma Mile.
The 46-year-old electrician, from the inner city suburb of Leabrook, now has in his sights set firmly on the Eden Valley Hillclimb on Sunday 13 December. Streckeisen was tempted to register for the all-new hillclimb event, which at 3.5km is South Australia’s longest, owing to, “The length and challenge of the course and its location in the Barossa,” he says. “I would like to thank Auto Corsa Group for organising such a great event and I really encourage others to enter or to come up and spectate on the day.”
Streckeisen says on the day, “We all want to win, but to make the top five would be rewarding and the car’s perfect combination of handling, traction and power will make it competitive on the day.” Overall he enjoys, “The challenge of competing and trying to get your best time out the car, pit talk and banter with fellow competitors.”
Auto Corsa Group co-director, Stuart Benson, said that even in the standard GT-R Streckeisen is still likely to give the field a run for its money. “His proven driving ability, combined with a car with so much out of the box power, will make Nick a competitor to watch on Sunday,” he says.Powering the 2009 model Nissan GT-R R35 is a hand-assembled twin-turbocharged 3.8 litre V6 that pumps out an incredible 480 horsepower and 588nM of torque.
Martin Donnon at South Australia’s own Willall Racing is Nick’s go-to man for the Nissan’s traction and transmission tuning and expert advice. Willall Racing is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading lubrication specialists for the Nissan R35 GTR.
A field of over 85 cars will assemble for the inaugural Eden Valley Hillclimb. Organisers will award trophies to the fastest run in each class as well as to the driver who clocks the fastest time of the day overall.