Off-road Safari rally champion, Bruce Garland, will drive the zero car at this weekend’s Bathurst RSL Club Rally of Bathurst, the opening round of the AASA Australian Rally Championship and Round 2 of the Aussie Duct Southern Cross Rally Series.                                                                                                                        

“I’ve been pleased with the number of new and old competitors the event is attracting, with close to 50 entries so far,” event director, Dave Aitchison, says.  “We can also confirm former Middle East Championship runner and Asia Pacific competitor, Ron Cremen, is competing in a borrowed Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6. Quite a number of interstate drivers are heading to the event, including three teams from Queensland.”

A total of $2700 in prize money is on offer for the event, with $500 for first place in the 2WD, 4WD and classic categories.                                            
The two day event is to be held in the Sunny Corner State Forest and will feature a lengthy competitive distance of 225km, with only 160km of liaison stages, and featuring a unique central service area with two spectator points at the rear of the service area.

This is a traditional, tough rally with little relief between competitive stages.

“We have done our utmost to keep the competitive driving and endurance as the focus of the event,” Aitchison added.

The battle to win the event will be a tough one between last year’s Southern Cross Series Championship winner, Jamie Waterhouse, in his trusty Datsun, with Brad Goldsbrough hot on his heels after winning the last round in his Datsun 1600.

More horsepower for Mick Lipping’s Datsun should see him as one to watch, while a few quick Queenslanders have entered, not to mention all the stiff competition from the NSW-based cars.

There will be ample opportunity for the public to view the rally cars with spectator instructions available at the Bathurst RSL Club foyer.

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