Another class win for Hunter
- 2nd August 2006, 8:28am
Colin Hunter, co-driver Bronwyn Humphrey and their Northgate-based team have a very full calendar this year, contesting the full 2006 QRC series as well as the Australian Off-Road Championship.
The team traveled to Rockhampton last weekend (July 28-29) for round four of the Queensland series, the Rydges Capricorn Rally. The day-night event attracted a field of 38 entrants, with Hunter Racing seeded 17th.
"It was a great result for us, especially to come in so close behind the top five cars," says Colin Hunter, who is using a former offroad racing Jeep Wrangler converted to P6 4WD rally car spec for the Queensland series.
"And it was an absolute pleasure doing the event - they used a lot of roads around the Rydges Capricorn Resort and they were some of the best roads I have ever driven on.
"There were some tricky parts because there was heavy rain up there the week before the event, but most of it had drained away, apart from a few deep puddles and some boggy patches," says Hunter.
"We used a combination of MTR Wranglers for the wet stuff and Goodyear Silent Armour in the dry and had absolutely no problems where a lot of our rivals were getting bogged."
The only drama the team had in the 134km event was a cracked windscreen, after an unexpected meeting with a low flying branch
The event was won by Steve Shepheard/Tom Smith in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6, with second going to Glenn Brinkman/Steve Richardson in a Subaru WRX, and third going to Daniel and Tim Callinan in another WRX.
Strong results are becoming commonplace for the team which has posted class wins in all three rounds of the offroad series (Hyden, WA; Finke, NT; Millicent, SA) contested so far this year, and in all four rounds of the Queensland rally series, including Coates Rally Queensland which was also a round of the Australian Rally Championship.
Hunter says posting good results is possible because of the excellent car preparation and on-event support provided by the Hunter Racing squad and team manager, Stewart Knowles, as well as ongoing support from Goodyear, Modena Engineering and Chrysler Jeep.
The team's next outing is the fourth round of the Australian Off-Road Championship at Mildura, Victoria, over the weekend of August 26-27. After that, there is one more round of the offroad series and two rounds of the Queensland series to be contested before the end of the season.
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