RACING: The weather added an extra dimension to racing at the Proston Car Rally.
RACING: The weather added an extra dimension to racing at the Proston Car Rally. Claudia Williams

Wet weather tests skills

MOTOR SPORT: A key objective of the Proston Car Rally Club is to provide a safe environment for drivers to give it there all.

Despite the wet conditions across the weekend the club held its first event of the year, a two day khanacross.

David Jamieson, a representative of Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, the governing body of the event ran the racing.

Safety of the cars and the drivers is paramount to CAMS

"Cams has a safe one rule so with every event we run our primary goal is safety so we have people that are qualified to look over the cars to make sure they are safe and all the gear they are wearing is safe so it minimises any risk of getting hurt,” he said.

"We had a drivers briefing before they started racing and at the drivers briefing we made them aware that obviously the conditions are not favourable and as long as they behave themselves out there we can let them run.”

The different conditions was an opportunity for drivers to test their skills and improve.

"With them racing in these conditions, especially for the juniors, it gives them a good chance to learn to drive in muddy conditions which is good for this area,” Jamieson said.

"Here it is controlled and if they do have an off we have medical here for assistance and there is not a lot they can hurt.”

Having taken up the sport last year it was the first time Hervey Bay driver Peter Bugeja has raced in wet conditions.

He had a good run on the course through judging each section and making adjustments.

"You can't go as fast as you usually go because when you hit the corner because you slide,” he said.

"So it is about doing everything slower and turning a bit earlier.”

"There are a few people that have gone a few seconds faster so they put their foot down and took the chance and it has come off for them,”

Bugeja was encouraged by his mates to take up the growing sport and loves to get out on the track in his buggy.

Last year he took part in all four events at Proston as well as races in Benaraby and Maryborough.

"It is a learning curve for me but you just listen to people and there are a few people here who have been doing it for years.”

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