Rally Champions Have Some Tricks Up Their Sleeves for 2012 Season

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RALLYING: Wayne Menzies and his co-driver Chris Baxter might not compete with the biggest racing budget and are forced to travel longer distances to compete, but those problems were forgotten when recently they claimed the status of Queensland Rally champion for 2011.

Menzies said he and Baxter have been racing for almost a decade but this is the first time they can lay claim to being the Queensland Number One.

aIt's a big effort from the whole of the team,a he admitted.

While Menzies and Baxter are to the forefront of the racing, there are others involved with the preparation and maintenance of the vehicle making the Menzies Racing team six strong.

aWe didn't do bad for a small, local country team,a Menzies said with obvious satisfaction.

Winning races may be all about speed but to win a championship there is far more emphasis on consistency.

Menzies and Baxter, along with the remainder of their team members, produced that consistency throughout the 2011 season

Even before the 2011 season drew to a close, however, the pair were eyeing 2012 with the winning Mitsubishi Evo four-wheel drive set to be retired in favour of a later model. …