Wowan Wrap Up

Central Queensland Motor Sporting Club
were host to round 2 of the Queensland Rally Championship held at
the small CQ town of Wowan. Twenty-four  crews took to the roads in the area to compete over ten stages, consisting of four sections near 20km in length, 3 at a little over 13km and 3 short blasts on the 1.4 km Showgrounds stage. 18 cars finished the rally with only 10 minutes separating most of the field.



Driver Clay Weston enjoyed the
elevation changes of the fast and flowing roads, he described the
stages as “ a blast” and said the rally “was awesome fun”.

Ian Menzies and Robert McGowan in their
Mitsubishi Evo 6 took out 1st outright in a time of
0:56:35.
It was a close battle for second and third place was between the crew of Jonathon Moir and Ron Peters in their 1976 Ford Escort 0:59:42 and local crew Wayne Menzies and Chris Baxter in their Mitsubishi Evo 8 in a time of 1:00:01.
Junior driver Wayne Morton with
co-driver Megan Benson in a 1994 Charade took out 1st in
the Junior class and managed 13th outright in a time of 1:06:14.
Jonathon Moir and Ron Peters were crowd favourites at the spectator points with their Ford Escort putting on a show for both the eyes and the ears.
Classics was won by another CQ local team, Mark Byrne and Lauren Hammett took the 1985 Datsun Bluebird to first in class and 9th outright.
The hard luck award must go to Darren Baker and Cameron Sluce. Darren had just finished repairing his Nissan 200SX after rolling at this event last year only to have the rear suspension fail on SS3 forcing the team to withdraw from the rally.