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ARC winners headline Bega Valley Rally entry

Neal Bates will have a rare outing in his Celica RA40. Photo: Alan McIntosh

Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Nathan Quinn headline the entry for this weekend’s Bega Valley Rally.

It’s local favourite, Ben Barker, who will lead the field away in his Alpine Rally-winning 1983 BMW 318is, however.

Bates and long-time co-driver, Coral Taylor, are seeded second in their 1980 Toyota Celica RA40, with Quinn the fourth seed in his 1970 Mazda RX2.

The rally is a round of the AMSAG and ACT Regional Rally Series, with a strong field of 65 entries ready to take on the region’s mix of shire and forest roads.

Ben Barker BMW E30

Ben Barker is the top seed in the Bega Valley Rally. Photo: Luke Whitten

Jayke Skeffington and Andrew Penny in a pair of Subaru WRXs are the odd couple in a top eight dominated by classic rear-wheel drive rally cars.

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Carl Stewart (Datsun), Dean Ridge and Ron Moore (Mitsubishis) are also likely to be in the running for a top five place, while former ARC class winner, Brett Middleton, will give his Honda Civic another run with son Oscar in the co-driver’s seat.

The rally starts a 1.00pm on Saturday, with competition continuing on Sunday.

For more details on the event, visit the AMSAG website HERE.

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Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media.

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