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Glenn Brinkman and Steve Richardson opened their 2007 account with a win in the first short course rally for the year in Queensland.

The event, again sponsored by long-time supporter Keith Fackrell and his business KCF Rallysport, was held in the Jimna Forest north of Brisbane and attracted a healthy field of 38 entries – many of whom took the opportunity to practice their pacenote techniques before Rally Queensland.

Brinkman/Richardson, driving the Evo 5 Lancer acquired late last year, held off a hard-charging Matt van Tuinen, who was having a rare outing in his Subaru WRX.

Bruce Fullerton and Hugh Reardon-Smith debuted an ex-NZ Evo 6 Lancer and but for having to end the event early to attend another commitment, seemed eminently capable of also challenging for outright victory.

The unstoppable Dave Gaines/Nikki Doyle took a great third outright in their Datsun 240K, with Ralph French/Fred Schotte (WRX) in fourth and Tony Scott/Fook Sung Lee rounding out the top five in their equally incredible Corolla DX.

Times were collated from two runs of each of three stages for the day, with the final overall tally deciding the winner.

A number of retirements occurred during the day, including Richard Galley/Barrie Burr who rolled their very nice Datsun 260Z, Craig Aggio/Therese Feldman who had a faulty fuel pump in their Toyota Celica after three stages, and the ‘Pocket-Rocket’ Honda Civic of Craig and Linda Newell, who ran out of late time.

The event took on something of a family affair, with a number of crews featuring ‘parent and child’ crews – literally first and second generation rallyists.

Kelvin and Rodney Taylor finished tenth in their BMW 325, Peter Stringfellow and son Peter junior were 20th in their Gemini, and Tim and Adrian Dillon grabbed 25th in their Gemini.

In one of the most exotic rally cars in the country, Al Kelly and his niece Erin rounded out the field in their pretty Renault Alpine A110.

The event was organised by the Brisbane Sporting Car Club under the experienced hand of Clerk-of-Course Rod Sams. Another KCF short course rally is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 in Jimna Forest.

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