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Rally racers hit the tarmac

RALLY RACER: Rob Mortimer of the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club with his flying V8 Ford ute.
RALLY RACER: Rob Mortimer of the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club with his flying V8 Ford ute.

MOTORSPORT: A change of surface kept the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club drivers on their toes at the weekend.

The competition on Saturday gave drivers a chance to test their skills on a tarmac track as opposed to the usual gravel run events.

Lots of laps were logged, with 17 competitors participating and each doing 10rounds of two laps.

The Mazda RX7 shared by Anton Duval and Mick Cutuli led from the front all day, with Duval taking home the bragging rights over his co-driver Cutuli.

Ross Angelo in his flying Datsun came in third and his son Daniel Angelo, hot on his tail, took out fourth position in a true family rivalry.

"It was a very close-fought weekend right across all classes and it was great to see some great times posted without any incidents at all,” club president John Sutton said.

"We saw some passionate rivalries on the day, with some fast by-the-seat-of- their-pants driving.”

The major sponsor of the event was CQ Field and the next event is a two-day gravel khanacross on August 19 and 20.

Scott Key was driving in the tarmac event at the weekend and thanked the organisers for all their hard work.

"I would like to thank all club members that gave up their time to put on a great tarmac event. I could see that everyone had a good time,” he said.

"But some cars had a few engine problems and a few scraps. There are only two weeks until the August events, so start ordering those parts, change your oil and fill it full of fuel.”

In July the Whitsunday Sporting Car Club received $32,000 in the first round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund.

Treasurer Mike Brown said the grant was a significant amount and the club was pleased to receive funding.

Mr Brown said the money would be used to upgrade and flood-proof the gravel track at Lascelles Ave near the Whitsunday Coast Airport.

The club's iDrive driver training continues to be popular with young drivers entering the sport.

Secretary Karen Scott said the next round of iDrive training would begin on September 9.

"The iDrive experience to give an insight into motorsport that was held on the previous weekend was well attended,” she said.

"If you would like to be part of this free motorsport experience, give the club a call on 0403032217 and book your spot.”

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