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The Queensland Rally Championship drew to a close last weekend with Rob Bishop and Nathan Long taking stage honours at the Jimna Springtime Rally, and conquering the forests to take out outright victory in the 2012 Queensland Rally Championship.

The challenge against the dry and dusty conditions pushed crews, teams and their cars to their limits with only 15 of the 29 starters completing the event.

Amongst the field of starters, five-time Australian Rally Champion, Ross Dunkerton, and Stewart Reid tussled for contention until withdrawing after six of the nine stages.
Two events of the 2012 Queensland rally calender remain and sees the running of the KCF Kenilworth Rally set in the surrounding forestry and stages that were used by the ARC and APRC cars at the International Rally of Queensland earlier this year.

The conclusion to the year will see the Gallangowan - Make the Cut Rally with a new format that has not been run in Queensland before, where crews will complete over five qualifying stages run three times.

The top 20 competitors will then move to the shoot out stage, the remaining field will compete on a Wild Card Stage for contention. The cut will continue across several knockout stages down to 15, then 10, then 5. The final top three will then shoot out for event honours.

Report and photos: Kristan Hayes

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