The South Australian Rally Panel has secured a sponsorship deal with the long established motorsport equipment retailer, Autosport, which sees Autosport granted naming rights for the 2010 South Australian Rally Championship.

“This is very exciting news for the SA rally community”, said SARP Chairman, Matt Selley.

“2010 is the 50th year of the prestigious South Australian Rally Championship. We are delighted that Autosport has agreed to support what is a very significant season in the history of the sport in this State and what will surely be a hard fought and memorable one at that”, said Selley.

Autosport, which sells a wide range of motorsport products from its Beulah Park outlet including helmets, seats including the Velo range, suits, gloves and on board equipment, has been a long time supporter of rallying in South Australia, having previously sponsored the Clubman feeder series for the State Championship.

“The South Australian Rally Championship is one of the strongest in the country”, said Autosport proprietor, Andrew Cavalli.

“Autosport is proud to be associated with the Championship and grateful for the opportunity to support it,” he said.

The first round of the Championship, the ASP/Cut Price Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally, is just over a week away. Also a round of the national Modern Tarmac Rally Championship, the event will feature some of the best rally crews in the country and will be the subject of a special television program to be aired on the ONE HD channel in July.

“The contribution from Autosport to the series will help us to ensure that the entire SARC field will be featured in the TV coverage and that rallying in South Australia will be promoted by the program,” said Selley.

Cavalli, a former winner of the Classic Adelaide Rally is familiar with a number of the special stages competitors will tackle at the forthcoming ASP Rally.

“These are challenging roads. Having seen the list of entries so far, the competition will be fierce. I only wish I could be out there myself,” said Cavalli.

“That this is the only tarmac rally which forms part of a State Rally Championship in Australia at present is a reflection of the initiative of the series organisers and the event will showcase why the SA crews are so highly regarded for their skills on all surfaces,” he said.

The 2010 Autosport SA Rally Championship comprises four rounds, the first being the ASP/Cut Price Adelaide Hills Rally from 21-23 May, then the Scouts Rally of South Australia on 25-27 June, the Copyworld Robertstown Rally on 14 August and finally the Kuitpo Forest Rally on 19 September.

Contenders for the 2010 State driver’s title include 2006 and 2007 Champion, Declan Dwyer, who is joined by co-driver Clair Ryan and the 2009 runners up, James Rodda and Marcus Piristi in a Subaru.  

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