Rally driver Colin O’Brien in action in his Mitsubishi VR4.
Rally driver Colin O’Brien in action in his Mitsubishi VR4.

Rain? Bring it on

AFTERNOON rain would only add to the spectacle of the 4WD Border Ranges Rally around Urbenville and Woodenbong tomorrow.

Drivers will tackle nearly 120km of road in the region with eight daylight and two night stages.

Vehicles range from classics to the most modern all-wheel-drive specialist machinery.

"We're expecting a bit of light rain but it won't hurt and we'll be good to go," event organiser Colin O'Brien said.

"Drivers will do a reconnaissance run to get an insight into the course between 10.30am and 3pm (today).

"The first car will leave the Woodenbong Showground at 11.15am tomorrow."

Five-time Australian champion Ross "Dunko" Dunkerton will head a strong field including Lismore's Ed "Hooligan" Mulligan and Brisbane rally driver Stewart Reid.

Dunkerton drove for Nissan and Ford and spent seven years with Mitsubishi, winning 33 international events.

This event, run by the Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Car Club, is also the fourth round of the Queensland State Championship.

The championship will be contested between 2010 champion Rob Bishop, South African driver Marius Swart and former Australian Rally Championship contender Marty Beckton.

The event supports local community groups through donations and uses local volunteers to help run it.

Cars will be on display at the Woodenbong Showground from 9am tomorrow.

Spectator points are available and information guides can be collected from 8am.

Grunter Datsuns, Leyland TR8 V8 and rotary Mazdas are some of the 60 cars entered.

There is a special super stage promotional night at the Kyogle Showground tonight.



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