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November's Adelaide Rally is nearing a capacity field in a number of car classes, despite ongoing border restrictions. Tarmac rallying is experiencing strong demand and growing fields, with close to 100 cars already committed to competing for trophies in the 2020 event, with months to go until the event. The Shannons Adelaide Rally is on track to eclipse 2019’s field of 324 cars, with in excess of 340 vehicles expected to take part. Also approaching capacity is the Spirit Tour section, so organisers are scrambling to open up more places in other categories just to cater to the demand. “We’ve seen a real surge in demand for our Challenge category,” event director, Tim Possingham, says. “Challenge is a timed, competitive class with a 130kmh speed limit. For many entrants it’s a first step into competitive motorsport and one that provides scope for some fierce contests while being achievable for many enthusiasts. "The tight and technical nature of the roads chosen for our course mean that the lower top speeds are not a huge factor in overall stage times, bringing driver skill and car preparation to the forefront.”

The 2018 Ford Focus RS LE of Damian O'Halloran and Simon Winter will feature at the rally.

In spite of border closures and travel restrictions, interstate entries have grown, with entrants promised a full refund if they are unable to attend due to border or quarantine regulations. An interstate tarmac rally series has even been created, comprising the Adelaide Rally and Gorge Rallysprint in South Australia and Targa West and Targa South West in Western Australia. “Uncertainty around border closures and quarantine mean the uptake for the series this year is unlikely to be large,” Possingham says. “But the appetite for an interstate series is definitely there and we’re optimistic it will continue to expand.”
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Luke Whitten

Luke is part of the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications.
Luke is part of the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications.

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