CQ teams revving up for Queensland Rally titles
IT'S crunch time for Central Queensland rally teams.
While it's only the second and third rounds of a year-long six round series, it's certainly time for CQ drivers to push themselves to the limit if they want a serious shot at the 2014 Hancock Tyre Queensland Rally Championship title.
Rally teams from across the nation and throughout the Asia-Pacific region were preparing to gather on the Sunshine Coast for the annual International Rally of Queensland, which forms two rounds of the Queensland series, this weekend.
Local hopes Wayne Menzies and Chris Baxter, Clay Weston and Brendan Wrigley, Marco Jansen and Cameron McIntosh, Brian Brosnan and Wayne Morton, Mark and Cathy Byrne will compete while Rockhampton navigator Marney Kucharski joins Queensland driver Justin Northage.
Menzies and Baxter are sitting in third position heading into the event and had a good chance to catch up with series leaders and hot favourites Matt van Tuinen and Erin Kelly and the second-placed team of Ian Menzies and Robert McGowan.
While van Tuinen and Kelly went into Rally Queensland as the touted top dogs, the pair knew how the fast rounds and red-hot pace of the event could jump up and bite and see them lose their lead in the blink of an eye.
International Rally of Queensland gets under way with a ceremonial start tomorrow night at Kings Beach Caloundra before continuing over the weekend in the hinterland forests near Imbil.
INTERNATIONAL RALLY OF QLD
Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Sunshine Coast
ROCKY COMPETITORS: Wayne Menzies and Chris Baxter, Clay Weston and Brendan Wrigley, Marco Jansen and Cameron McIntosh, Brian Brosnan and Wayne Morton, Mark and Cathy Byrne and Marney Kucharski.