The Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club’s Border Ranges Short Course Rally went off yesterday without a hitch, proving to be a fast-paced and exciting event for drivers and spectators alike. With a field of twenty-four cars, the two-stage course, run through the picturesque Border-Ranges near Woodenbong in Northern NSW, was a high-quality event.
After the cancellation of the Kyogle Rally, the Border Ranges Short Course was set up as a club-level event. Non-pace noted and with no Championship nor series points up for grabs, it proved to be the perfect shakedown rally for competitors looking to head to Victoria’s Alpine Rally in a few short weeks. Drivers pushed their vehicles to the limit, with Ian Menzies shredding a set of rear tyres in his V8 Ford Falcon in the final round. Keith Fackrell kept the crowd entertained with a full 360 spin at the dirt-to-tarmac spectator point on the first run of the day.
Allan Griffin and co-driver Brad Smith took out the win overall, his black Datsun Stanza, his first victory for the event, which he has run every year since 2006. Tony Scott and co-driver Mikayla Moore in their Toyota Corolla followed the victors, with Ian Menzies and Bob McGowan coming in third.
Event photographs can be found at www.ausmotophoto.com.au
Written by Nicole Jenkins.