The 2011 Shannons Insurance ACT Regional Rally Series was launched with much fanfare at the Stromlo Forest Park earlier today.

In announcing Shannons Insurance as the series sponsor, the ACT Rally Series PR Manager Adrian Coppin said, “Shannons is the insurance for motoring enthusiasts and the local rallying community is very enthusiastic about having Shannons Insurance as our major series sponsor”.

The Business Development Manager for Shannons, Damian Hawkes said “Rally crews, organisers and officials are all keen motoring enthusiasts and they spend their hard earned dollars competing in a sport they enjoy.  These are the enthusiasts Shannon’s Insurance is aimed at”.  “We are delighted to sponsor the 2011 ACT Regional Rally series and wish every competitor a successful and enjoyable season.” Hawkes added.

The series of 5 events will be contested across southern New South Wales including three (3) events in Canberra and one (1) each in Eden and Bathurst.

Also present at the launch was newly appointed Championship Ambassador, Neal Bates. 

Neal’s appointment as the ACT series ambassador follows a long and highly successful career that culminated in multiple Australian Rally Championships.  “I started rally in Canberra many years ago and the very challenging roads in Canberra’s forests taught me some of the skills I needed to draw on to be a multiple Australian Rally Champion, Bates said.

“This year sees a new generation of rally drivers and co-drivers coming through the ranks of the ACT series.  Maybe there is a future champion among them.” Bates added.
The first round of the series, the South East Access Rally Sprint is this weekend in the Kowen Forest, east of Canberra.
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