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Gerard McConkey and Ben Logan have won the Yump into Byfield Rally, as rallying resumed in Queensland on Saturday.  They drove a Subaru WRX to victory with a three minute lead over the second placed team of Leland-Jay Williams and Ray Priest in a Toyota Sprinter. The Townsville team of Philip Mason and Greg Fitzgerald rounding out the top three in their Toyota Celica TA22. McConkey/Logan had a tight battle on their hands with Gerard Byrne and Jake Keleher, also in a Subaru WRX GC8, with just two seconds separating the two crews after the first stage.  However, Byrne lost a large amount of time in stage two, causing him to lose touch. Other competitors near the top of the field succumbed to problems throughout the day, taking the pressure off the leaders.

Mason/Fitzgerald were third after a good drive in their Toyota Celica.

For the Queensland Novice Rally Series, the winner was Krystle Power with co-driver Brad Hurford, steering her way to victory in a Ford Falcon XR6. “I’m really chuffed, I didn’t really know what to expect, but simply just wanted to finish and get to the end,” Power said. “It was a big adrenalin rush.” With only 25 seconds back to second place, she defended her lead over Gary Dutton and Giles Harris in a Toyota Celica TA22. Third Novice was Wessel Pieters and Jan Kraaij in a Subaru WRX.

Krystal Power won the Novice award.

The organizing team from Central Queensland Motor Sporting Club did a stellar job to pull an event together in less than five weeks, especially with the challenge of adhering to COVID-19 procedures. The next event for the Queensland Novice Rally Series will be KCF Rallysport Short Course Rally – Benarkin, in three weeks on August 1. Entries are fully subscribed, however, reserves are still being accepted.
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