May 26 sees the annual return of the Queensland Rally Championship to the forests surrounding the township of Benarkin at the top of the Blackbutt Range.

This year’s event will see the best of the Queensland rally teams competing over a distance of 160km of roads located in the forests surrounding Benarkin, and also to the south and east of Nanango.  

2006 Championship winner, Glenn Brinkmann, is expected to be vying for the win in his Lancer, and will have stiff competition from 2005 Champion, Stephen Shepheard, also in a Lancer.  But the competition doesn’t end there, with any of the top 10 capable of causing an upset on the day.

And there’s plenty more excitement further down the field with classic rally cars like Datsun 1600s, Ford Escorts and hopefully even a Renault Alpine fighting for class honours. Throw into the mix a couple of big Ford Falcons and there’s bound to be a favourite for every spectator.  

The event gets under way at Benarkin State School at 11am, and the action continues until well into the evening.  

Clerk of Course for the event, Greg Bryant, has gone further afield this year in search of some top quality roads and is taking the competition up to the forests surrounding Nanango, which have not been used for rallying in the last decade.   

There will be three exciting spectator points for people to see the action close at hand. Spectator instructions will be available at Benarkin State School and at Nanango Stags RLFC, or may be obtained prior to the event by downloading them from the Brisbane Sporting Car Club website or by contacting BSCC on (07) 3846 0233.

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