Ready to roar on the Ridunian roads

GUERNSEY’S most successful hill-climber of recent years is taking nothing for granted in the northern isle this week.

Nick Saunders is the headline name among the 60 entries for the Alderney speed and hill climb weekend, which runs tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.

But last year’s milestone 30th edition showed just how competitive the event can be, as a different winner was crowned each day.

Saunders, Tim Tulie and Andy Bougourd all claimed one victory apiece on that weekend.

‘It makes it more exciting and more interesting if it’s like that,’ Saunders said.

‘We do not know who’s going to pick up the win.

‘Between Tim, myself and Andy, if you look at the times Andy was putting in at the [Vazon] Sprint the other weekend, he has really sorted out his car and he’s absolutely flying.

‘He will be the one to catch – Tim and I are not as quick, so we will have to see what we can do round the corners.’

Tulie goes in as reigning champion for tomorrow’s Fort Corblets sprint, Bougourd for Friday’s Grande Val speed event and Saunders for the concluding Fort Tourgis hill climb.

Saunders has marked Saturday’s hill climb as his main target in the northern isle.

However, he remains modest when asked about the prospect of taking down Darren Warwick’s outright record of 22.30sec. from 2015.

‘It’s still that little bit far down the road, but the weather forecast is looking good,’ he added.

‘Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we’ll have a good weekend.’

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