The 2018 Adelaide Rally is anticipated to be one of the largest tarmac rally style events in Australasia this year when it fires up on Wednesday, November 28. This year the rally runs across four days of competition, with activities from Wednesday midday through to Saturday evening. In between, drivers will cover almost 140km of competitive driving, over 33 stages, some up to 14km long. The course takes in some of the most picturesque and technically challenging driving roads the country has to offer, including the Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Fleurieu Peninsula, plus mixed activity on five different circuit variations at Australia’s newest racetrack, The Bend Motorsport Park. Adelaide Rally Ambassadors, 2017 winners and four-time ARC champions Neal Bates and Coral Taylor will return to defend their title in the Australian Rally Championship-winning Celica GT4 that was a hit with fans at the 2017 event. “Interest in the event has been really strong,” says Event Director Tim Possingham. “Last year we had 268 entries across all categories of the event, and we’re expecting to get close to 300 this year. “With an extra day of competition, more stages and longer stages, the Adelaide Rally is a bucket-list event for drivers of all kinds of vehicles, from hard-core tarmac rally drivers to enthusiasts in rare and classic machines who relish the opportunity to test themselves on what are some of this country’s most exhilarating roads, some just 12 minutes from the CBD.” Out of the car, the event places competitors in the thick of the action at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, with rally entrants appearing at the Gouger Street Party on the Friday night, and the cars returning to Victoria Park every afternoon, and remaining on display on the Sunday. Full details of the event, including technical regulations, proposed schedule, event overview and entry portal, can be found on the Adelaide Motorsport Festival website.
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