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Preparations for the 2007 QUIT Forest Rally have hit top gear as many pieces of the puzzle fall in to place for the NEC Australian Rally Championship.

A total of 60 crews, including professional factory outfits from Toyota, Mitsubishi and Ford, and a host of other privateer teams are expected to compete as the second round of the 2007 NEC Australian Rally Championship and the WA State Championship.

The rally, to be based in Busselton, will be held on the weekend of April 27-29. The town of Nannup will again embrace the event and close its main street to cater for the Service Park, while the competitive stages will again be held around the Nannup Oval and in the forests around the town.

WA locals Darren Windus and Dean Herridge are again looking to suit up for the rally, with Windus recently inking a deal to run with the factory-backed Ford Pirtek Rally Team in their Super 2000 Fiestas.

“I think the Super 2000 concept of a 2-litre, naturally aspirated engine, in a light nimble 4-wheel drive car will appeal greatly to the spectators,” Windus says. “Revving out to 9000rpm, these cars are going to sound great in the forest!”

The Busselton Toyota Super Special Stage will again return to the Busselton Foreshore, with changes to the circuit and to the running of the cars designed to appeal to the public and corporate spectators.

“The Busselton Toyota Super Special Stage has been run for a number of years now, and we believe the changes will freshen it up and make it more exciting for competitors, corporate guests and spectators,” says Event Director Ross Tapper.

Tapper also announced a new multi-year deal with Healthway, a supporter of the event for the past 12 years under their QUIT brand, and the continuation of sponsorship deals with Eventscorp, Bayview Geographe Resort, Shannons Insurance, Easifleet, The West Australian, Hot FM, Fineline Print, Trade Hire and the Shires of Busselton and Nannup.

“Without the support of all these companies, and NEC on a series level, the event would not be possible,” says Tapper. “It is also the commitment of all these sponsors that for 2007 we will be offering free spectator access to all parts of the event – including the Busselton Toyota Super Special Stage”.

For further information on the event contact Ross Tapper at rosstapper@bigpond.com

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