GALLERY: Drivers sizzle in Benaraby heat
MOTORSPORT: Despite the heat and humidity of Sunday's Central Coast Car Club Central Queensland Khanacross Series Round Two, it was an "outsider" who took the honours at the Benaraby Motorsport Complex.
Hervey Bay's Gregg Taylor, in his Subaru WRX STI, was the outright winner as well as taking first post in the 4WD Production and Off Road vehicle class.
Course Clerk Jamie Overend said Taylor's win came as no surprise.
"Gregg is a former New Zealand rally champion who has come out of retirement and is out having some fun again," he said.
As for the Gladstone- based drivers, there was success as well.
"In the combined class up to 2 Litre, local driver John Donohoe came out on top with a great drive in his Datsun 1600 and he was third outright," Overend said.
"Another local driver, Keith Honour, took out the over 2 Litre class in his Nissan Skyline wagon and sixth outright.
"Ben Barnes did well to finish the winner of the Offroad Specials class in his Mazda MX5 special and fifth outright."
The Junior class winner went to Kobi Martin, who drove a Hyundai Excel.
Overend said it was a "bumper" field of 25 drivers and the blistering conditions claimed a few victims.
The day's racing ended up with four runs and the heat of the day did take its toll as out of the 25 starters, we had four pull out due to mechanical problems," he said.
"Highlights for the day include the high number of entries and great feedback for the track layout.
"Additionally we had five new starters and three juniors which is very encouraging for this level of grass-roots motorsport."
CCCC will also host the first round of the Central Queensland Motorkhana Championships on March 18 and Overend said round two of the CQ Khanacross Series is on April 28-29.
More details and event dates can be found on the Central Coast Car Club (Gladstone) Inc. Facebook page.