Exciting News! It looks like we are back!
After a huge amount of work by Motorsport Australia, Paul Woodward State Council Chairman and the Board and Organisers of Brisbane Sporting Car Club we have an emerging pathway to getting back to Rally – but it will have some changes we are all going to have to deal with,
Firstly let me announce our Proposed Calendar for 2020;
August 1st – KCF Short Course Rally at Benarkin (A to B)
Sept 19th – QRC 1 – Imbil
Oct 31st – QRC 2 Manumbar
There may also be a Multi Club Rally on July 11th, but that is yet to be confirmed.
To make this happen there will be some stringent measures brought in to comply with all the Government requirements for Covid 19 management.
The full details of how these measures will affect Event Organisers, Officials, Competitors and Service Crews are available in the Motorsport Australia “Return to Race” documents which can be accessed by this link: https://motorsport.org.au/covid-19…
This document and all of the pages that can be downloaded from it will be your Bible on how we are going to Rally for the foreseeable future until the Covid Emergency is under control. Please download this document and all of the included downloads AND READ THEM! (Yes, even you Drivers 🤔).
The Organisers of all the above Rallies have a huge job in front of them to make sure the events are compliant, and they do not breach any Social Distancing or Covid 19 requirements on the Day. Each event has to have a Compliance Officer appointed to make sure everything is done right so that we can go Rallying, and uphold the good name that our sport has.
This is going to mean a whole new level of Self Accountability for Competitors and Teams, along with new procedures and documents. The emphasis will be on you not to stuff it up for the rest of the sport. (The ARC has been working this way for the past 2 seasons, so it’s nothing new really)
Some of the things that will affect you directly as a Competitor include:
* Self Scrutiny of your vehicles and submission of a Statement of Vehicle Compliance. (If your vehicle is found later to be non compliant and you have declared it is, you will be in a spot of bother)
* No Spectators at events
* Limited numbers of personnel allowed in Service areas
* No Trophy Presentations
* No Camping allowed at the venues (Get In, Race and Get out)
* Electronic Documentation Lodgment
* No Physical Contact with Organisers, Officials or other Competitors
This will be all a bit different, but it will mean we get to get out into the Forests and again Rally.
Watch this space for more information as we get things moving, but PLEASE – read the Return to Rally so you understand how it’s all going to work.
WOO HOO! We’re going Rallying again – Bring it on!
Qld Rally Advisory Panel
Classics Domiante QRC at Imbil
How many years is it since the first 3 positions in a State round were taken out by rear wheel drive cars, and 40 year old classics at that?
Well, that is what happened at last weekend’s Inspirations Paint Capalaba Hinterland Rally, the final round of the Queensland Rally Championship at Imbil, which doubled as round 6 of the East Coast Classic Rally Series.
Some observers were surprised to find 4 rear wheel drive cars seeded in the top 10 of the 42 car field. Heading the list were Glenn Brinkman/Harvey Smith in their Evo 9 ahead of Ian Menzies/Bob McGowan (Evo 9) making a return to competition, with the Team Datsun Australia entries of Ryan Smart/Hugh Reardon-Smith (Stanza) and Jack Monkhouse/Dale Moscatt (180B SSS) next up. Current QRC championship leaders Brayden and Blake Wilson (Evo 9) were seeded at 5 ahead of Nathan Quinn/Ray Winwood-Smith in David Ovenden’s loaned Mazda RX2.
The rally had been under threat from bushfire risk, but the organising club BSCC’s relationship with HQ Plantations Pty Ltd, and clerk of course Paul Woodward’s fire management plans allowed the rally to run.
Section 1 saw crews tackle 4 stages over 45kms with some known roads through Woodlands, Kandanga, Caseys and Borumba proving to be very challenging for the whole field with fast shire roads, tricky tracks and some rough sections.
There were no accidents but by the break mechanical issues had reduced the field by 12 cars. This included the Evo 9’s of Menzies/McGovern and Wilson/Wilson as well as car 8 Melinda Bergmann/Larissa Biggar.
The first 3 stages were won by Brinkman/Smith but electrical issues in SS4 dropped them to sixth, 67 seconds behind leaders Smart/Reardon-Smith. In second place 18 seconds behind were Monkhouse/Moscat being chased by Quinn/Winwood-Smith another 14 seconds in arrears as they came to terms with their loaned car. And in 4th was Clay Badenoch/Catriona Kelly in their Toyota Celica RA 40.
Section 2 was scheduled to repeat all 4 stages, but SS7 had to be dropped due to a bushfire near the start control, not connected to the rally, and the subsequent need for rural fire brigade cover ruled out the 2 evening stages. This left everything to be fought out over the remaining 3 stages.
Smart/Reardon-Smith continued where they left off in the morning, and after 81 kms of stages and a fully committed drive they won by 46 seconds, including a fastest time on SS4. Ryan Smart drove superbly all day and was a well-deserved winner.
Second place was a thriller that came down to the final stage with Quinn/Winwood-Smith edging Monkhouse/Moscatt by just one second, which was hard to take for the Team Datsun Australia crew. These 3 crews were also the place getters in the ECCRS.
Brinkman/Smith recovered to finish 4th ahead of Badenoch/Kelly, making it 4 rear wheel drive cars in the top 5, a fantastic achievement.
The rest of the top 10 were McConkey/Hewett WRX. Aggio/Benson KE30 Corolla, Carey/Bustard Evo 9, Reddiex/Mitchell Datsun SSS and Lawson/O’Brien Commodore ute.
It was a mightily impressive performance from the top 3 classic cars and their star drivers, with Queensland honors upheld by Smart/Reardon-Smith. Spectators and officials alike had some spectacular viewing of these fabulous sounding cars driven on the limit by 3 very talented drivers.
The QRC round was won by Smart/Reardon-Smith ahead of Brinkman/Smith and Badenoch/Kelly, whilst in the QRC 2WD Aggio/Benson finished 3rd.
The Clubman section went to Lawson/O’Brien ahead of Crisp/Jones WRX and Corkeron/Neagle BMW. The Novice section was won by Connelly/Preist in their Datsun 1600 ahead of Van Der Wilk/O’Connor WRX and Desbrow/Grant Ford Fairlaine. In all 30 cars finished this challenging event which was a feat in itself.
The organisers and officials need to be congratulated for putting on a challenging event in difficult circumstances, and the spectacular classic drivers who finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th made it an event to remember.
Article Provided by: Hugh Reardon-Smith
All images by: CH Images