Kristan Hayes reports on last weekend's Border Ranges Rally.

The northern New South Wales township of Woodenbong set the scene and played host to Round One of the Queensland Rally Championship last weekend at the Border Ranges Rally.
The Border Ranges Rally was run early on the rally calender this year due to last year's event regrettably being cancelled by a lack of entries. However this was no deterrent for event organisers on the race ready re-scheduled event.
A bumper field of 50 teams converged on the Border Ranges from around Queensland and northern NSW, for a much awaited heated battle amidst perfect conditions on pristine northern rivers shire roads.
As the stages progressed teams and drivers were put to the test and pushed to the limits as the racing intensified. But this intensity and competitveness was no match for Peter Roberts and Jim Gleeson in their Mitsubishi Evo 6, who took outright victory and now holds the title of this year's 2011 Border Ranges Rally outright winners.
Queensland Rally Championship victory went to Kent Lawrence and Stephen Andrews in their Misubishi Evo 6. And QRC 2WD victors honours went to Richard Galley and Mark Neary in their Datsun 260Z. 
This year's Border Ranges Rally has set the scene early for the Queensland Rally Championship with intent rivalry and competitveness between teams for what is yet to come.

However, across the day's racing it wasn't only several of the rally teams that registered a DNF label. Myself and one other photographer covering the event were tagged with a DNF. Between us, one dislocated arm, and a six stitch barb wire foot injury. Rally cars two - photogrpahers, zero. And who said rallying wasn't interesting? 


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