Hallmark stamps his motoring mark at khanacross
IT WAS a day of firsts for David Hallmark on Sunday.
Competing in his first club event, driving his Citroen for the first time, the Rockhampton driver finished first in the Central Queensland Motor Sporting Club's khanacross at the Gracemere Saleyards.
His impressive control at the wheel saw him finish with an overall score of 311.11, more than 15 points clear of his nearest rival Kerrod England on 329.98. Mark Skoric was third on 332.25.
Clerk of the course, Gordon Fischer said it was an impressive performance from Hallmark.
"He drove very steadily and smoothly and came out with the fastest time of the day," he said.
Fischer said the khanacross attracted 36 cars, including some from Gladstone, and close to 300 spectators.
Drivers completed eight runs on the day, on a circuit about 500m long.
They complete a series of timed tests over various layouts. Each of the individual times are tallied and the driver who incurs the least penalties wins.
Fischer said that khanacross did not require high levels of vehicle modification, a point reinforced by Hallmark's victory in his "stock standard Citroen".
Four junior drivers, the youngest aged 12, took part on Sunday.
Fischer said as well as the competitive side, khanacross also provided driver education in a controlled environment.
One of his main roles - and he admits one of the most enjoyable - has been mentoring junior drivers.
Fischer has been competing in motor sports for 25 years but has been sidelined for almost a year after having surgery.
He has his sights set on making his return to the track at the club's two-day khanacross in August, the very event in which he last competed last year.
"That's the plan," he said, a hint of excitement in his voice.
With his comeback looming, he said it was a little difficult to watch the racing from the sidelines but his duties as clerk of the course kept him close to the action.
"I just have to keep telling myself, be patient," Fischer said.
"I love the competition; I love the camaraderie. I like talking to and meeting like-minded people. I like being able to drive fast legally. It is basically good fun."
David Hallmark 311.11
Kerrod England 329.98
Mark Skoric 332.25
Keith Honour 342.26
Luke Barnes 351.35