ONE TO WATCH: John Donohoe is one of the favourites in the 2L category on the weekend.
ONE TO WATCH: John Donohoe is one of the favourites in the 2L category on the weekend. Matt Taylor GLA110218KHAN

Bigger weekend field on track

MOTORSPORT: Round two of the Central Coast Car Club Khanacross Series promises to produce some close racing according to club treasurer Jamie Overend.

While the first round attracted 25 drivers, Overend expects more tomorrow and Sunday.

Mark Boyd. Central Coast Car Club Incorporated's Khanacross Series round 2.
Mark Boyd. Central Coast Car Club Incorporated's Khanacross Series round 2. Paul Braven GLA300417MOTO

"This two-day event is expected to see bumper field again with nominations still coming in," he said.

"We have a contingent of drivers coming from Hervey Bay and Rockhampton, along with our local drivers who always put on a good performance.

"It is also encouraging to see a number of new competitors coming along to our 'Come & Try' category.

"Tomorrow will see drivers tackle the Stadium Short Course track with open, fast terrain, while Sunday will see a move to the purpose-built Benaraby khanacross track with tight and more technical turns surrounded by tree."

Overend said Khanacross is a fantastic grassroots level of motorsport where competitors must start at one point (start garage), drive a series of courses which average 1.5km, and finish at another point (finish garage).

Mark Boyd competes in the Gladstone Khanacross.
Mark Boyd competes in the Gladstone Khanacross. Paul Braven GLA260317MOTO

"The aim is to get from start to finish in the quickest possible time with any penalties, such as hitting flags and barriers," he said.

"The winner is calculated from the lowest cumulative time across all the courses."

Vehicles are broken up into classes based on engine capacity and vehicle type.

"For this event we have up to 2.0 litre engine capacity, over 2.0 litre engine capacity, 4WD production & off-road, off-road specials, and junior classes," Overend explained.

Gladstone's John Donohoe and Mark Boyd will ones to watch in the up to 2 litre class and David Edwards will be up there in his Subaru WRX in the 4WD production & off-road class.

Peter Bugeja will be on the pace in the off-road specials in his Polaris RZR1000, and Nicholas Donohoe will be heading up the junior class.

Racing starts from 9.30am tomorrow and spectators are always welcome with free entry and catering is available with thanks to Gladstone Rotary Club.