Chapman Racing’s Mistubishi Triton will be in action in the Mary Valley at the weekend.
Chapman Racing’s Mistubishi Triton will be in action in the Mary Valley at the weekend. Contributed

Cooroy rally team ready

IT'S that time of year again and the International Rally of Queensland is finally on us.

The Imbil state forest this weekend will be alive and buzzing with the echo of roaring engines.

A new feature to this year's event is a stage held in Pomona which all competitors are eager to try out.

Two competitors in particular are local young guns Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire, members of the Cooroy-based Chapman's Offroad Racing team.

The boys have been prepping their Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Mitsubishi sponsored Mitsubishi Triton for the past few weeks in anticipation of the big weekend.

This event is a little out of the ordinary for the boys, who usually race in a different principle of dirt racing.

They are normally found interstate competing in more endurance racing and on unformed untouched terrain, including events like the renowned Finke Desert race in Alice Springs.

But with an opportunity to race in an event so close to home they couldn't say no.

"I'm a big fan of how different rally is to offroad racing," Chapman said.

"It involves a lot more high- speed cornering and full throttle straights on formed gravel roads.

"My life's in Claytons hands while beside him in the race car," McGuire said.

"But in this form of racing the co-driver's role is crucial.

"We have a great deal of trust between each other and are looking forward to seeing how well we can actually do."

The boys are using the event as a warm-up and a way to get back in the zone after the off-season.

Chapman and McGuire have only a week and a half after this race until they travel south to Sea Lake Victoria for the first round of their National Offroad Championship.

Team owner Rob Chapman, who also competes in offroad racing, will be keeping his race suit in the cupboard and stepping into the role of pit crew for the boys over the weekend.

He said the boys were a great team and with two national champion titles in offroad racing it is exciting to see how they will go in the rally this weekend.

"So if you head out to the event and run into the two boys feel free to say hello and ask them how they are going," Rob said.