CQ drivers race for titles

CENTRAL Queensland rally drivers will have their concentration levels tested in the final round of the Queensland Rally Championships Goodyear Classic Rally from Kilcoy to Gallangowan today.

A 20km stretch is usually considered a long stage, but this weekend's fourth stage of 36.83km could make or break some teams.

Central Queensland drivers are in title contention.

Anthony Tanzer and co-driver Steve Brice will hit the four-stage event in their Tanzer's Autocare Ford Escort while Wayne Menzies and Chris Baxter are also chasing titles in their Menzies Car Sales Toyota Celica.

Menzies is chasing the clubman outright title and Baxter second in co-driver points.

Placing better than third will give Menzies the overall P3 division, 1600cc to 2 litre class, driver title and Baxter has wrapped up the P3 co-driver title.

Tanzer appears to have the P4 class wrapped up and just needs to finish to give Brice the co-driver title in that class, but Tanzer still expects a tough final showdown.

"I was just laughing the other day saying I might have to pull up in the middle of that long stage for a picnic,'' Tanzer said.

They will race along fast sweeping roads and hilly stages, with some sections clinging to the side of ridges.

"It can be a bit daunting with some large drop-offs on the side of the road,'' Tanzer said.

Also racing are Rockhampton's Brian Brosnan and Clay Weston, making their first appearance in the series in their new BMW 318i.

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