Peter Dimmock Scores Win In Rally Queensland

by Jul 4, 2024

Peter Dimmock emerged from the bushland of Gympie with a heat and overall class victory in Rally Queensland. He also added solid points to his Australian Rally Championship campaign.

The region, just 160kms north of Brisbane, played host to the third round of the Australian Rally Championship, with two competitive heats held over the weekend.

After extensive work on his Datsun 260Z, following some mechanical issues at the previous round in Perth, Dimmock eased into Heat 1, taking it relatively easy on Saturday morning’s loop through the day’s four stages.

This approach gave the Canberra locals a chance to get to grips with the conditions, which were particularly slippery this year, before attacking the stages during the afternoon’s second loop.

“I took it easy on the first run through the stages Saturday morning.” Said Dimmock.

“The roads were good but narrow in places with lots of bumps and jumps. Also, it was very slippery to start with until we got used to the conditions.”

“Then, on the second run through the day stages Saturday afternoon, we had a go.”

“The two local drivers were quick on the roads they knew quite well, but we finished just behind them in third at the end of Heat 1.”

Comfortable with the conditions, Dimmock pushed on to start Heat 2 on Sunday but was only able to match the pace of his local rivals.

However, mechanical issues caused the two Queensland-based crews to drop out of contention, handing Dimmock both the Heat and Overall victories for the round.

“We had a go on the first loop Sunday morning.” Dimmock continued.

“But in the afternoon, we were comfortably in second place, and I decided to back off a little bit and take it a bit easier on the second loop through the stages. We didn’t want to get a puncture.”

“Then, on the second last stage, I drove past Ryan and Holly, who had been in the lead, parked on the side of the stage with a mechanical issue, and I knew I was in for the win.“

Overall, it was a very good weekend for Dimmock and the crew. The effort to resolve the issues the Datsun struggled with in Perth paid immediate dividends.

“The Datsun performed faultlessly after our issues in Perth.” Said Dimmock following the event in Queensland.

“We put some extensive work into the car, and the car is now perfect.”

“We even stuck it on a dyno one on the way up to Queensland just to make sure we would not have any issues, and the car was just perfect all weekend.”

After the Heat and Overall win in Rally Queensland, Dimmock has now moved up to second in the 2WD Classic Cup points standings.

Dimmock will now turn his attention to repeating his performance at the next round of the Australian Rally Championship in Victoria, Rally Gippsland in August.

As always Peter would like to thank his supporters, Trailer Camper Australia, AusTrack Campers, CBR Sparkies Canberra, as well as the assistance from Stew Wilkins/S. W. Motorsport in Sydney.

2024 Bosch Motorsport Australia Rally Championship Calendar

Round 1 – Rally of Canberra (ACT)– April 5-7
Round 2 – Forrest Rally (WA)– May 17-19
Round 3 – Rally of Queensland (QLD)– June 28-30
Round 4 – Gippsland Rally (VIC)– August 9-11
Round 5 – Adelaide Hills Rally (SA) – September 13-15
Round 6 – Rally Launceston (TAS) – November 22-24

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