By HUGH KEARNEY
TWEED Heads rally driver Glenn Brinkman dominated a field of 49 cars to win Round 1 of the Queensland State rally championship held in the for- ests of Benarkin on the week- end. Driving a Subaru Impreza WRX, Brinkman and co-driver
Steven Richardson stormed through the field to win the event by more than four min- utes ahead of second placed Mat van Tuinen also in a Su- baru. Run over a combination of natural and pine forest roads Benarkin, 140 km northwest of Brisbane, has proven to be a tough event on cars. Twelve
cars failed to finish this year's 160km event. Driving a 1998 Impreza, the team had a trouble-free run, winning eight of the 12 compet- itive stages against much later model cars. For Brinkman, 35, the win was a welcome return to the sport he first took up in 1990. After 10 years of rallying he
took a five year break from the sport, returning in December last year to win the last round of the 2005 Queensland State Rally Championship. In that event, the team trial- led the car they drove for their weekend round win. "We never had a car fast enough before, but this one is very good," Brinkman said.
The next event for Brink- man and Richardson will be Round 3 of the Northern NSW motorsport series to be held at Kempsey on May 20. When time permits Glenn plays soccer for Kingscliff in the Gold Coast league. "Rallying takes priority, though, and I don't have to train for that," he said.