Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championship hits Toowoomba


One thing you can be sure of in Toowoomba, is that the weather can be very unpredictable; and this was the case this weekend at Round 2 of the Australian Supercross Championships. As the sun began to set, it was glaringly obvious that riders and spectators were going to be faced with cold and blustery conditions for the night. Temperatures plummeted below 10°, with the gusty winds cancelling the post-event fireworks display. Despite the conditions, organisers were happy with the turnout, and riders gave it their all to make the night an exciting round of Supercross action.



The evening got underway with a pit party where fans got the chance to wander through the pits as the teams were kept busy with final preparations. Young fans were darting in all directions chasing selfies and autographs from their favourite riders. It was fantastic to see 2016 Dakar winner Toby Price mingling with the crowds in Toowoomba after an amazing year on the bike. Fans were able to grab free posters and signatures from teams, as well as shake hands with their heroes.


FMX legend Robbie Marshall and stunt partner Brad Burch didn’t appear to be fazed by the windy conditions, firing up the crowd in front of the main grandstand with a fearless display of FMX. The pair were forced to alter their pre-planned routine slightly for safety, but the crowds were impressed nonetheless.


SX2 (Prolites) were the first to line up in the gates with Gavin Faith on the Penrite Honda from the US, victorious with one second win over Hayden Mellross. In the second heat Jackson Richardson from Cairns, that set a blistering pace on the Serco Yamaha easily winning the heat and then going on to win the final ahead of Hayden Mellross and last chance qualifier, Geran Stapleton.



In the main game SX1, it was going to be a shootout between Australia and the USA. The big question was would it live up to all the pregame hype. Justin Brayton from the US laid down a 52.298 lap during practice to put the Aussie riders on notice. In Heat 1 it was the Honda rider, Brayton who finished ahead of fellow US rider Will Hahn on the Monster Energy Kawasaki, with Lawson Bopping in distant third place. It was the Australian riders Todd Waters (1st) and Dean Ferris (2nd) who both set faster times that the US riders, setting up what would be an epic final.


The night concluded with a gruelling twenty lap final. The crowd roared as the gates dropped and the fireworks began on and off the track. Early on it was a close race between Brayton, Hahn and Waters. Unfortunately, Waters suffered a DNF on lap 7, despite having set the fastest lap in the final. Brayton on the Penrite Honda powered on to claim victory, just ahead of Hahn and the fast finishing Dean Ferris on the CDR Yamaha.


In a bit of a twist, the top five SX1 riders were all on different bikes – Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, KTM and Husqvarna. Surely a promising sign the sport is in a good state right now.


After a fantastic night at the Toowoomba Showgrounds, the series now heads to Adelaide for Round 3 on the 29 October 2016.



Article and Images by Alan McIntosh and Nicole Jenkins

Lockyer Enduro

Long Weekend; it’s no secret that Aussies love any excuse not to go to work, but what do you do on a long weekend, especially when the weather is perfect? Go boating, lay on the beach, crank up the barbie, or go bush and get dirty. Well that is my kind of weekend, especially when it involves lots of horsepower transplanted into some of the most insanely tough vehicles in Australia and men and women not afraid to let that horsepower loose over rough dusty terrain. Welcome to the world of Offroad Racing.

Tait Svenson taking his own line

Thornton, in the Lockyer Valley, was again set to host these beasts of steel and rubber for Round 3 of the CAMS  QLD Offroad Championships and Round 9 of the QLD Offroad Series.

Saturday morning started off with the prologue; and soon the hills were alive with the sound of octane fuelled fun and the skies filled with dust. Clayton Chapman set the fastest lap and so had road position 1. Prologue was not to go without action, however,  when Nathan Duffield rolled his Chev powered Suzuki just a short way from the  end of the prologue course, thus ending his weekend. All crew got out unharmed.

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Clayton blasts through to win the prologue

Section 1 Saturday afternoon saw Troy Duff on a charge taking overnight honours with a total time of 42.09 and Clayton second with a total of 43.06.

Sunday morning was an early 8 am start and soon we were all baking in the hot October sun, breathing in the dust and the smell of high octane fuel.

Stuart Chapman ploughing through the bulldust

The field was broken into 2 groups for section 2 with the slower vehicles on track first. Stuart Chapman took out section 2 for the slower group followed by David Loughnan in the 611  Can-Am with times of 33.37 and 35.41 respectively which incidentally were both quicker than Clayton after he suffered a flat tyre.

Group 2 led by a charging Troy Duff who finished with a 30.55 and Ross Challacombe with a time of 34.34.

Troy Duff Flying to finish section 2

Section 3 saw Clayton driving like a man possessed trying to make up the lost time from the previous flat tyre, he was succeeding right up until a split oil line sprayed out onto the turbo and saw the whole front of the machine on fire. Sources say that the damage is not overly bad but it was enough to end Clayton’s weekend. In all a total of 6 teams didn’t finish section 3

Section 4  saw some of the closest racing yet Troy posted a 55.27 seconds behind Declan Cummins and a few other all within seconds.

Inevitably, Troy Duff was the winner a great weekend of close hot dusty offroad action. If you haven’t ever been to see this fantastic series of racing do yourself a favour and do it, bang for your buck there is no other motor racing in Australia as spectacular.

Kris Booth cooling down the big chev trophy truck
Kris Booth cooling down the big chev trophy truck

Article by Lorne Close

P3 Solutions Berakin Rally 2016

Held in the Yarraman and Benarkin State Forests, Round 5 of the QRC wrapped up the 2016 season on Saturday, with the outright event win going to Ryan Smart and John McCarthy in their Evo 9. Ian Menzies and Rob McGowan, also in an Evo, finished 2nd with 3rd place going to Marius Swart and Peta Davies in their VW Polo. Marius and Peta have recently had a bad run with transmission issues, so this would have been a satisfying finish for them.




This was the only Blind Rally of the season, which caused some competitors a few heart-in-mouth moments, particularly on SS3, and unfortunately not everyone made it out unscathed. The tulips in the road books are suggestive after all. Repeated stages went smoother with co-drivers able to make minor adjustments to the notes.

The field for this year’s P3 Solutions Benarkin Rally was made up of 34 entrants rallying over 10 stages, including two night stages, which always mixes things up, and it was interesting to see some of the cars fitted with lighter and slimmer LED lightbars, rather than the more traditional light pods that we have grown accustomed to.

In the 2WD category, Keith Fackrell and Tony Best in the Castrol liveried Escort took the top step on the podium, followed by Clay Weston and Brendon Wrigley in the Fiesta. The red Alfa GTV6 of Peter Flynn and Dominic Corkeron finished 3rd, and with just over ten seconds separating the three teams, this showed how close the competition is for the 2WD cars.




The bright orange Torana driven by Allan Arney and Matt Roe finished a satisfying first in the Novice category, and no doubt this will encourage them to return next year.

As always, a big, big thank you to all of the volunteers, officials and spectators that came out to enjoy the blue skies and red dust.



Wild Weather

With season 2016 coming towards the pointy end across the country even though some championships have already been decided could the predicted wild weather come into play. Less than a week out from Round 3 of the CAMS QLD Off road Championships and Round 9 of the Qld Off road series the various weather watching services are all predicting the strong possibility of some severe weather to impact during the week either Wednesday or Thursday. The Pines Enduro in Millicent South Australia taking place this weekend has already been affected by wet weather, so it begs the question will the weather impact on any more events yet to be held. Time will tell whether we escape the weather, I will say this if the Lockyer Enduro next weekend is anything like the Lockyer 300 was a few years ago when it was wet it was still spectacular and I will most certainly be there to capture it even if I have to wear a raincoat.lv300-2-216

Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally

It is probably fair to say that there are two types of people in the world, those that enjoy watching the world go serenely by and those that want to be strapped into a rally car screaming along a dirt or tarmac road. I’m firmly in the latter camp, but with helmet off and car-less, I took the tools of my day job with me to photograph last month’s Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally. With a media pass dangling around my neck, I was able to wander through the service park and stages, ready for a blue sky day of rallying.

The start was – as is often the case – delayed, so I was forced to choose a vantage point best suited for that killer shot. Opposite the spectator park on Applegum Rd seemed to be a good place to start, and the inside corner worked out well in terms of positioning. The corner was tight enough that cars did have to slow down (a bit), the RWD cars got very sideways on exit spraying the crowd opposite with some dirt and dust. A few of the 4WD cars preferred the terminal understeer approach to the corner, while some did manage to throw it in sideways and scramble out all wheels blazing. All competitors got through cleanly, which should have helped calm down their first stage jitters.

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After SS1, I headed to Hillyards to watch the last few cars make it through SS2, and although a very good spot based on the photos taken by others over the rally, I thought I would head into the stage after the Sweeper had gone through as there would be no cars on the stage. It only took about 500m from the end of the stage to find a suitable crest and cambered corner. SS6 was the next time the cars would come through, first with the Zero cars and then the loud and angry Quattro. Of all of the cars flying by, for some reason the Escorts throw up the most dirt and rocks. And although camera’s rarely like sunlight bursting straight in through the lens, its moments like those that add drama and help tell a little bit more of the story of this eventful day.

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As SS6 wrapped up, the sun had well and truly set so I went back to the show grounds to see the marquees being pulled down, drivers were assessing the damage, winners were grinning and losers were contemplating just what minor improvements could get them those few vital seconds next time. It’s a time to assess and for organisers, teams and photographers alike, it’s a collective pat on the back for a job well done. To all of the organisers, competitors, and especially the volunteers, thanks for putting on a great day. Stampfli Photography_Border Ranges Rally_SS6-44

Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally

BRR 2016 194Once again the Border Ranges District of Northern New South Wales Sprang into gear on Saturday for the running of the GCTMC Border Ranges Rally. With an impressive line up of 7  Ford Escorts one being piloted by New Zealand ace driver Derek Ayson and the Audi Group B replica of Mal Keogh, there was certain to be plenty of action to excite the fans. Stage 1  saw a massive off for QRC contender Kent Lawrence which ended his campaign, although he has vowed to find something to compete in for the final round at Benarkin.14124216_10154634020548081_485376362_o

Stage 2 on the former WRC stage Hillyards saw an impressive crowd turn out to watch the action and they were not disappointed. The escorts thrilled and Rob Bishop nearly spilled his EVO when he got a bit out of shape exiting the spectator area. When looking at the stage times it is truely astounding to see the very small time difference between a well driven classic escort or celica in the hands of a great driver like Derek or Clay Badenoch and the times of a modern All Wheel Drive rally car, on stage 2 just a mere 9 seconds.14139323_10154634009488081_2067237607_oBRR 2016 045

Stage 3 saw Rob Bishop take a bite out of Old Cob Ocorn and Peter Roberts lead with Peter Kahler breathing down both of their necks in his first outing in anger in the ex Mike Bailey EVO.

The first running of the new stage Toonumbar saw a still hungry Rob Bishop take stage honours and beat Roberts by another 5 seconds.AM 541

Sadly this was to be the only running of this stage due to the actions of a protester who attempted to burn down the bridge. Thankyou to the quick thinking spectators and officials who put the fire out before it could do any damage.

Happy Valley 2 and Peter Roberts was on song posting a 7.48 over Rob’s 8.02. Derek Ayson by this time was leading the Classics and the Escort Challenge setting a very quick 8.14, quick enough for 4th outright at this point.

The return to Hillyards saw Peter holding onto the lead with Rob just 4 seconds behind and Peter Kahler just another 4 seconds behind Rob. Derek posted a blistering 5.10 with Clay right on his tailpipe with a 5.11. Interestingly this time was also shared with Mal Keogh and the Mad Irish man Tom Dermody.14107839_10154157629789342_8205949333041874454_o

Old Cob Ocorn( Farkeen2) and Roberts beat Rob by one second. Peter Kahler slowed and was beaten by Derek  by 2 seconds. Peter was later to discover a paralysis tick on the back of his neck, he will no doubt attribute the loss of pace to this.

A final run at Hillyards was to decide the overall places Peter Roberts took the stage by 3 seconds and Peter Kahler held out to beat Derek by 7 seconds and Clay Badenoch another 3 seconds behind Derek.

The overall there was just 3 minutes 51 seconds from 1st to 10th place. Awesome effort to the teams and the  event organisers and officials well done.


Story by Lorne Close.

Border Ranges Rally 2016

The Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally on Saturday the 27th August is Round 4 of the MRF Tyres Queensland Rally Championship but it might just be the Classics that steal the show at this all shire road event.

Set to run at the front of the field in their own category the Zupp Property Group Classic Rally Challenge will have some top line names competing. Heading the list is New Zealand’s multiple Otago Winner Derek Ayson in a MK II Escort. Derek last ran the event as Zero in a BMW supplied by Ed Mulligan. He loved the event so much he was determined to come back, and compete. Jack Monkhouse will be back this time in a bellowing V8 Manta. Both cars will be supplied by Ed Mulligan of 4WD World.

Rallytorque have put together the Border Ranges Escort Challenge especially for Ford Escorts, and there is certainly good interest being shown. Tom Dermody and Keith Fackrell will be in RS 1800s, Matt Linning in another MK II, and Rob Clark will have his stunning MK1 out for a run. These crews will run with the Classics at the front of the field.

Of course there are all the Classes of the MRF Tyres Queensland Rally Championship with the all-wheel drive rockets leading the way. Rob Bishop in his EVO 6 is an outright contender but there are a few NSW drivers led by Peter Roberts, also in an EVO 6, who will be wanting to take home the trophy for the Queensland V New South Wales Challenge.

Forza (specials brake suppliers) also have prizes on offer for cars fitted with their great product. And of course there is a category for those who just want to come and do some skids on some of the best rally roads in the Country.

Friday is set aside for reconnaissance and a Media Stage. The event proper gets under way in the centre of Kyogle with the first car flagged away at 9.45am. There are nine ex WRC shire road stages being contested with crews passing through the famous Hillyard’s Spectator Point three times. The third will be a night stage. To complete proceedings crews will tackle two runs of the Super Special at the Kyogle Showground.

Supplementary regulations are out for competitors. Refer to for all the required documentation. But if you are not competing and want your own ‘personal spectator point’ then contact John Truskinger the event’s Officials Co-ordinator 0407 656 044