ARC returns to Canberra for 2013
- 7th September 2012, 9:02am
The National Capital Rally to be held from March 1-3 will be part of a week-long celebration for Canberra's 100th birthday and marks the return of the Australian Rally Championship to the ACT for the first time in five years.
The rally is being organised and run by Canberra's Brindabella Motor Sports Club with principal support from the ACT Government using some of the best rally roads in Australia through the famous Brindabella Mountains and in the Kowen Forest with a special twilight tarmac spectator stage in the Bluetts area on Friday 1st March.
The National Capital Rally was announced by ACT Minister for Tourism and Sport, Andrew Barr signalling the importance of the event as a part of the Centenary celebrations and as a major tourism drawcard for the city.
"I am delighted that the Australian Rally Championship is returning to the ACT. It will be a great chance for Canberrans to see Australia's best teams in action in our own backyard," said Minister Barr.
"I would like to thank the great work done by the Brindabella Motor Sports Club to bring the Rally to Canberra next year," the Minister added.
CEO of the Australian Rally Championship, Scott Pedder said the return of the Championship to Canberra was a massive vote of confidence in the direction the sport has taken and the work, which has been done to rebuild the profile of rallying in Australia.
"Having the Territory government commit to the National Capital Rally as part of the Centenary celebrations comes at a time when the sport is attracting more manufacturer support and a brace of new generation rally cars are being introduced to the Championship adding significantly to the prestige of the ARC," said Scott Pedder.
'Canberra is a fantastic place to kick off the Championship and we are all looking forward to being back in the Brindabellas for an event that will be one of the highlights of the 2013 Series," he added.
Leading Canberra based rally administrator, Adrian Dudok will be Clerk of Course for the 2013 National Capital Rally and says returning a Canberra based rally to the Australian Rally Championship was an important achievement and has been a priority for the sport since the event disappeared from the calendar in 2009.
"Canberra has a rich rally heritage and is one of the few cities anywhere in the world that has access to top quality rally stages within 20 minutes of the centre of town," said Adrian Dudok.
"Canberra was the first place in Australia to conduct a modern special stage rally with timing to the second and has played a major role in the development of the sport in this country," he said.
"The fact that Canberra has produced four Australian Rally Champions over the years despite having a relatively small population underlines the importance of the sport in the ACT," he added.
The National Capital Rally will commence with a ceremonial start in the Canberra CBD on Friday afternoon with the cars tackling a twilight spectator stage on Friday evening ahead of two days of intense competition in the forests around the city perimeter on Saturday and Sunday.
The rally service park will be located by the edge of Lake Burley Griffin allowing spectators to view the teams servicing the competition machinery up close and within walking distance of the City centre.
More than 2 million Australians will watch the Bosch ARC on TV in 2012 with the series generating 45 hours of national television coverage across the Ten/One HD network - a media equivalency value exceeding $12 million.
The Bosch Australian Rally Championship also receives support from- multi-national fuel and lubricant giant BP as the primary fuel supplier and for the third year Korean tyre giant Kumho as the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship. Other commercial partners include East Coast Bullbars, Honda, rallyschool.com.au, Polaris, CanAm, Snake Racing and CAMS.
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