The Central Queensland Stadium Short Course Championships, off road buggies at Benaraby Motorsports Complex this Saturday.
The Central Queensland Stadium Short Course Championships, off road buggies at Benaraby Motorsports Complex this Saturday. Matt Taylor GLA210718CQSSC

Dirty, dusty weekend Stadium Short Course Off-road Racing

DIRT RACING: There will be dirt, dust and plenty of action at this weekend's Stadium Short Course Off-road Racing at the Benaraby Motorclub track.

Club president Brent Taylor said anyone in the Gladstone Region looking for some fast-paced action - including possible thrills and spills - should come on down.

"There is definitely heaps for the spectators to do at the Benaraby Sports Complex this weekend and there will be trophies for wins and money for prizes," he said.

"This round may get 31-40 competitors, including some last-minute entries.

"We will have competitors from Brisbane to Mackay and a wide range of categories."

Taylor said the event was unique across Australia.

"This could be a national event because no other places host something like this and the diversity of competition vehicles," he said.

"The racing even caters for juniors from 12-17 and they must have a fully licensed navigator with them while driving.

"There is also a small dirt track if kids want to bring push bikes to ride around or remote-controlled cars to give mum and dad a bit of a break.

"Spectators can move around a bit to get a good look at each competition and not be stuck in one area."

The categories will feature full off-road vehicles, winch challenges and a diversity of different categories.

Taylor also wanted to point out that racing was not a boys' club with women drivers in the competition.

"It's good to have women drivers in the competition and they are not afraid to mix it with the men," he said.

"In the future we are planning to get enough women drivers to get categories of their own."

Gates open at 10am tomorrow and racing will go until 8pm. The bar will be open till late and racing will be under lights.

Entry is $15 and children under 12 are free. Overnight camping is available, costing $5 per person.



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