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In just over a week on August 1, rallying in South East Queensland reboots in Benarkin, hosted by the Brisbane Sporting Car Club. With the support of the Benarkin State School, the event is sponsored by long-time supporter KCF Rallysport. The KCF Rallysport Burnett Sprint #2 takes up where last year’s event left off, offering arguably the smoothest and best roads available in the state. The compact two-stage format uses A to B timing and contactless control procedures, which allows everyone to take full advantage within the latest restrictions, while at the same time providing maximum stage kilometres. The event comprises two heats. Heat One has two stages which sees the field divided into two for a “Shotgun” start, where the fastest two times for each stage count for the heat total. Competitors can run those stages up to three times within the allotted time. Heat Two sees the two stages joined into one long stage, which can be run twice if desired, and the best stage time of the joined stage, together with Heat One, determines the results. The popular format has just under 40 cars entered in 4WD, RWD and FWD. 4WD takes up over half the field, covering the usual Subaru and Mitsubishi suspects, with a lone Super 2000 VW Polo to keep them honest. Among those is the former and famous Graham Vaughan Mitsubishi Evo 3, now piloted by former state champion Bruce Fullerton. Other 4WD mounted state champions include Ian Menzies, Glenn Brinkmann and Tristan Carrigan. Rear-wheel drive is led by Tom Dermody in the screaming Escort BDA who will look to see off a strong entry of classic style Datsuns, Mitsubishis, Fords, Toyotas, BMWs and a 1969 Holden Monaro. Front-wheel drive sees the long-awaited return of Tim Collingwood in a Honda Civic Type R in his attempt to fend off a string of Toyotas, and the lone Hyundai of Emily Jackman. The entry also sees a number of returning and new competitors as the event forms part of the 2020 Queensland Novice Rally Series. Normally an event like this would be heralded as providing great spectating, as even the course cars are the KCF Rallysport Escort RS1800 and a Group 4 FJ20 powered Datsun Stanza. Unfortunately, at the moment that isn’t the case, so in these restricted times Queensland rally media has the solution. There will be live streaming of the event from 10:15am, with action and interviews so no-one misses out on the spectacle. To follow the action, go to https://www.facebook.com/queenslandrallying/live/. First cars hit the stages at 10:30 am. For more information and Further Regulations, please go the Brisbane Sporting Car Club event Facebook page.

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