November 2021 will mark the 100th running of the Alpine Rally, and despite speculation that the event would return to Bright, the rally will be based in Lakes Entrance.
In post on their event website, Owen Polanski, Clerk of the Course & Event Director, announced his new deputy.
"I’m delighted to confirm that Steve Hollowood has signed on again for 2021 as Deputy Clerk of Course and Road Director. Importantly, this will give the event continuity in direction and will make the task of staging Australia’s biggest classic gravel rally just that bit easier.
"The event has faced more than its fair share of challenges over the last two stagings with bushfires, floods and snow causing us to modify and shorten stages.
"As well, bushfires caused cancellation of the Sunday stages of the 2019 rally. However, the directing team is upbeat about the potential for the 2021 event."
A planned return to Bright has, unfortunately, been shelved by event organisers.
Initial planning for the 100th Anniversary Alpine suggests the the event may become longer, to at least three full days and possibly three and a half days. This could increase the competitive distance to around 500 kilometres, with the event covering parts of East Gippsland it doesn't normally visit.
There has also been speculation that the Alpine Rally of East Gippsland would revisit some of the iconic stages from the 1970s and 80s around Bright.
"While this was considered, it has been discounted due to the risks around logistics, communications and suitable roads we can access," Polanski added.
The 2021 Alpine will remain totally in the East Gippsland region, with a possibility of adding stages in and around the Omeo, Swifts Creek and Ensay areas.
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