Get your engines started because Australia’s longest hill climb car race will once again hit the Mount Morgan Range in a few short weeks.
The second CQ Crane Hire Gold Rush Sprint, hosted by the Central Queensland Motor Sporting Club Inc (CQMSCI), will take place on the 13th and 14th of July.
The event is being sponsored by the Rockhampton Regional Council for the second year, with $10,000 contributed toward the event as well as $5,000 worth of event and marketing support provided by the team at Advance Rockhampton.
Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow congratulated Craig Jervis and his team.
“Craig took a positively mad idea and made it happen. The whole region will benefit as this event grows to maturity,” said Mayor Strelow.
“This course is one-of-a-kind. Starting at the bottom of the Mount Morgan Range, the course features 24 corners and a 160 metre change in elevation over 2.2kms.
“This year the Sprint will be even bigger and better than last, with over 100 teams coming in to test their skills on the challenging course, some from as far away as New South Wales and the Northern Territory.
“As well as being a fantastic event for participants and spectators, the Sprint also brings some wonderful economic benefits to the region, and it’s a fantastic opportunity to show off the stunning Mount Morgan area.
“Last year’s event brought about one million dollars to our region, and this year we expect that figure to be even greater.
“By supporting fantastic events like this one we also helping to position the Rockhampton Region as one of the premier event destinations in Queensland.”
CQ Cranes Hire Gold Rush Hill Sprint Clerk of Course Craig Jervis said that he is very grateful for this support from Rockhampton Regional Council and Advance Rockhampton.
“It is fantastic that Council supports events like this and clubs like ours in this way,” said Mr Jervis.
“We have nearly doubled our event this year – we have more teams and an extra day of racing,”
“Without Council’s support it would be very difficult for us to hold an event this big.”