Terry Scharf competes in the Gladstone Khanacross.
Terry Scharf competes in the Gladstone Khanacross. Paul Braven GLA260317MOTO

One-off event is planned to expand to a series going forward

MOTORSPORT: Fans have the chance to see drag racing today and another format of motorsport today and tomorrow all within the same complex.

The Curtis Coast Car Club (Gladstone) will hold a two-day bitumen khanacross at the Benaraby Motorsport Complex.

Event organiser and CCCC (Gladstone) treasurer Jamie Overend said it had been a while since this form of khanacross had happened.

"This will be the first bitumen event of this kind the club has run for some years and should grow in popularity as drivers from the Central Queensland region get back to this popular grassroots motorsport," he said.

Overend said the usual suspects from Gladstone would start as favourites in their respective classes.

"Competitor numbers are expected to be around 15 across both days of competition with local drivers Mark Boyd, Keith Honour and John Donohoe aiming for class wins in the 'up to 2 Litre' and 'over 2 Litre' engine capacities," he said.

"Junior drivers Kobi and Tyler Martin will be fighting for 'Junior' class honours having proven themselves in recent motorkhanas."

Overend hopes that this bitumen khanacross will become more popular and branch out to something bigger next year.

"While this is a one-off event for 2018, the club hopes to expand the event into a series for next year to complement the gravel khanacross series," he said.

The format is the same as a gravel khanacross with a course set up for drivers to test their handling, precision and reaction skills.

The weekend's track combines tight hairpins and open flowing sections, much like a mini race track and there will be many suitable vantage points over the two days.

Action starts 9.30am today and 8.30am tomorrow and spectator entry is free.