The Gallangowan Rally held over December 3 and 4 is sure to attract a large crowd of motorsport lovers. Pictured is Japanese driver Katsu Taguchi tackling a hairpin at Imbil State Forest Rally last year.
The Gallangowan Rally held over December 3 and 4 is sure to attract a large crowd of motorsport lovers. Pictured is Japanese driver Katsu Taguchi tackling a hairpin at Imbil State Forest Rally last year. Codey Warhurst

Give rally sport a go next week

YOU have until the end of today to register for the Goodyear AutoCare Gallangowan Rally come-and-try day.

Next Friday (December 3) will be the first time, for a long time, that members of the public will be allowed to get in the hot seat and try for themselves the thrills of motorsport, in particular rally car driving.

Gallangowan Rally Clerk of Course Sheridan Hetherman, said the introductory rally type event was open to all beginners.

She said roads chosen, can be driven on without sump guards and her Holden Astra had handled them well.

Passage controls and other measures will be used to keep speeds down and some safety equipment will be required.

Ms Hetherman said the weekend of December 3 and 4 would wrap up the Queensland Rally Championship, Clubman Rally Series, Pocket Rocket and Excel Series.

At least 50 contenders are expected to enter the rally meet (nominations close this week), which starts at the Gallangowan oval at noon on December 4.

Current Queensland champions Andrew and Donna Rask will try and hold onto their title against John Spencer, who crashed during the Philcomm Rally in Jimna, Ian Menzies and Rob Bishop.

At the Jimna meet Menzies was out due to mechanical problems – the Gallangowan meet is the last chance at glory for the title hopefuls.

“It should be pretty spectacular,” Ms Hetherman said.

Contestants will travel over 137km during Saturday and will compete well into the night with racing expected to end about 8.30pm.

The main roads that will be used for the rally are Kinbombi and Boundary roads.

But organisers have said Brimms Road, Tower Road, Porters Road, Boundary Road and Williams Road in and around the Gallangowan Forest Reserve would all be affected on December 3 from noon to 6pm.

On December 4, Brimms Road, Tower Road, Boundary Road, Porters Road, Williams Road, Kinbombi Road, Coolamon Road and Manumbar-Nanango Road would all be closed from 11am to midnight.

Competitors will contest a five kilometre Prologue to establish the running order for the remainder of the event before the rally gets under way from 1pm on Gallangowan’s finest roads including a little bit of bitumen in the last stage.

Competition will be fierce but without the pressure of being among the championship and series competitors.

For more info visit www.gallangowan.com.au or call 3846 0233.

Gympie Times


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