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Gympie Short Course Wrap Up
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Friday, 22 September 2017
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Source and Photographer: Alan McIntosh

Gympie Short Course Wrap Up by Alan McIntosh
Well hopefully by now the dust has well and truly settled after a fantastic weekend of short course racing at the Chapmans family property. The track, whilst short in length, has it all - lots of corners, jumps, gullies and throw in some nice dusty bits, it all adds up to awesome racing.

The very picturesque track is located at Federal, about 20 minutes South of Gympie and about the same distance from Noosa. The Chapman family have to be the backbone of off road racing in Queensland, especially in the 4WD Production and 4WD Extreme categories. I don’t think I have ever been to an event recently where they haven’t had at least one car entered.

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Driving in off the main road, I could see an excellent field of competitors had already set up in the pit area and were frantically making last minute checks and adjustments. The lineup included a few buggies, ATV’s and a really good number of ‘tin tops’. The one to watch this weekend was certainly going to be Clayton Chapman #803 in the Extreme 4wd category. This young fella never disappoints and proved to be a crowd favourite with his massive air over the jumps and just how hard he attacked the rest of the course had the crowd gasping in amazement.

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At the conclusion of a great first day of racing, it was Clayton Chapman who had the Triton in the overall lead (1 minute and 12 seconds) ahead of Aaron Phillis #656 in a Can Am Maverick and Craig McDonald in the newer Can Am X3, who was putting in some very consistent lap times and finished less that two seconds back in third place.

Following a couple of complaints from the neighbours, the organisers spent a long night watering parts of the track in an endeavour to keep the dust down for Sunday’s racing. Good conditions for competitors early, but inevitably it was going to get fairly dusty again. Once again it was Clayton Chapman who was on the pace again, but Craig McDonald #644 who time during the day, ended up finishing second ahead of Aaron Phillis #656.

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The highlight for me was seeing the large number of ladies/girls racing this weekend. I don’t think I have ever seen this many ever racing at one event ever. Some were regulars such as Leila, Larissa and Emma Chapman, Jodie Allen, Taylor Teichmann and Amy Vann, whilst a couple of others moved from the navigators seat into the drivers seat including Tara Czislowski #6613 Polaris and Karin-Ann Crawford #219 Class 2 buggy. I believe some also collected some silverware at the end of the day it was big smiles all round.

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Huge congratulations to the Gympie Auto Sports Club and also the Chapman family for a fantastic weekend of offoad racing.

The next event was supposed to be the Lockyer Enduro, but advice has just come through that this event has now been cancelled, so there’s plenty of time for everyone to get ready and hopefully be at the final Queensland event at Stanthorpe on the 4-5 November 2017.