Despite persistent rumours that it would be a scratching from next year’s Australian Rally Championship, RallySport Magazine can confirm that the Toyota Rally of South Australia will go ahead in 2007.

Just days after the event was awarded the inaugural CAMS Rally of the Year award at the annual CAMS awards night, Clerk of Course, Ivar Stanelis, said that everything was being planned for the event to run, as scheduled, on August 11 and 12.

“At this stage I have no reason to believe it won’t get off the ground,” Stanelis said today.

The event has been in doubt with Toyota yet to declare their hand as to whether they will sponsor the event again in 2007. The car manufacturer didn’t confirm their sponsorship of the 2006 event until March this year, so Stanelis isn’t getting too concerned just yet.

“We also believe that the South Australian Government are again planning to put some money into the event, so plans are coming along well,” he added.

The event has for many years been a favourite on the Australian Rally Championship calendar – both for competitors and spectators. Drivers love the mix of fast, flowing shire roads and the traditional pine plantation stages, while spectators flock to the popular Forties spectator complex, which offers them multiple views of the cars over the rally weekend.

The event will again be held in the Mt Crawford and Barossa Valley region of South Australia, about an hour’s drive from Adelaide.

Further details on the event are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, Stanelis said.

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