DUSTY DAYS: Wayne Menzies and Chris Baxter in round 2 of the Queensland Rally Championships at Wowan last month.
DUSTY DAYS: Wayne Menzies and Chris Baxter in round 2 of the Queensland Rally Championships at Wowan last month. Arpcom

Rocky rally racers scout Imbil course today ahead of weekend

THE International Rally of Queensland will be raced this weekend in the state forest around Imbil.

The race is a three-tiered rally, running as round 3 of the Asia Pacific Championship, round 3 of the Australian Rally championship and rounds 3 and 4 of the Queensland Rally Championship (QRC).

Four sets of Rocky drivers will contest the QRC on Saturday and Sunday, after taking part in the ceremonial start at Caloundra on Friday night.

But today will be just as important, because that's when driver Wayne Menzies and co-driver Chris Baxter, along with Mark Byrne and Laura Hammett, Wayne Morton and Megan Benson and Martin Penfold and Annette Davidson get their first look at the course.

Menzies and Baxter, after finishing third in the round 2 QRC Wowan rally, are the highest seeded Rocky drivers, starting fourth on the grid on Saturday. How they will perform will depend on how well they do today.

"Today is very important," co-driver Baxter said.

"It's our reconnaissance day and we'll spend the day driving the whole track and making detailed notes."

The drivers will cover 236 kilometres at high speed over the two-day rally and Baxter and Menzies say their 5 speed Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII is running well and they have a basic, yet strategic race plan for a difficult race.

"We'll spare the car on Saturday and then lash out on Sunday," Baxter said.

"We will have a real good go at it on Sunday. This is one of the most difficult rallies. The last two stages really test you."



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