Damien Brand wins second Port MacDonnell Hill Climb Title

WINNER: Damien Brand with his Subaru WRX STi after winning the Port MacDonnell Twin Peaks Hill Climb this month. Photo: SUPPLIED
WINNER: Damien Brand with his Subaru WRX STi after winning the Port MacDonnell Twin Peaks Hill Climb this month. Photo: SUPPLIED

Damien Brand is flying high after scoring his second consecutive win at the Port MacDonnell Twin Peaks hill climb this month.

Coming in almost three seconds ahead of second placed Scott Limbert, Brad in his Subaru WRX STi has defended his 2020 title, and looks forward to making it three in a row next year.

"It was good to back it up again," he said.

"It wasn't expected, I was sort of quietly confident I'd go alright but you just never know.

"I'll be the one to beat next year - there will be plenty of guys trying to beat me."

He has been racing for almost 15 years, and has had a lifelong love for cars and motorsport.

"Our family has always been into cars, but I mainly got it from my dad - he used to race rally cars, so I was always interested in it and always dreamed of doing it as a kid," he said.

That dream has well and truly come true, but despite his success, he is mostly interested in just enjoying the sport.

"I don't take it too seriously, it's just about having some fun and doing events here and there, travelling around, meeting new people and catching up with old friends," he said.

"Winning isn't everything, it's more about fun - winnings a bonus, that and keeping your car in one piece!"

Although the winning isn't his main goal, he said one highlight of his racing career was winning Oz Gymkhana a few years ago.

"Winning the Oz Gymkhana was definitely a high and winning my first Hill Climb last year was pretty special - I've been doing hill climbs for 15 odd years, and I'd had lots of top tens and top fives, but it was good to finally win one," he said.

For Mr Brand, the best part of the sport is the camaraderie that comes with it.

"It's a catch up with all the guys you've met over the years, hang out with them and have some fun," he said.

"You're always competitive, but it's a friendly rivalry.

"We all have different cars but you can still take an interest in what everyone's doing and have a chat and a bit of banter, it's good fun."