Australia’s traditional home of motorsport, the regional city of Bathurst, sees the opening round of the AASA Australian Rally Championship on May 24 and 25.

The two-day event is to be held primarily in the Sunny Corner State Forest and will feature a lengthy competitive distance of approx 250km, with only 160km of liaison stages, and featuring a central service area.

“This is a traditionally tough rally with little relief between competitive stages,” says event director, Dave Aitchison. “We have done our utmost to keep the competitive driving and endurance as the focus of the event.”

The Bathurst RSL Rally has been run in previous years as a round of the highly successful AussieDuct Southern Cross Rally Series and is a centerpiece of the long running Australian Motor Sport Action Group (AMSAG) events now in their 18th year in Australia.

In a ‘first’ for many years in Australian rallying, prizemoney will be offered for first, second and third places in each of the 4WD, 2WD and Classic categories of the event. This is confirmed as being $500 for first, $300 for second and $200 for third.

The AASA ARC organisers expect the prize pool for individual events and the overall championships to be expanded as the series continues to receive widespread support.

The Bathurst RSL Rally will continue to be a round of the AussieDuct Southern Cross Rally series, but all competitors will also score points toward the AASA ARC and will be able to enter cars built to the usual 4WD and 2WD regulations, as well as those running as AMSAG Classics.

Aitchison says that he hopes competitors who have not tried an AMSAG event before will be interested in running in a rally that is run by competitors, for competitors.

“We have a unique style of rally that offers friendly competition and includes a three course dinner at the Bathurst RSL Club on the Saturday night for everyone in the event. It will be important for new competitors to our series to read the supplementary regulations carefully as we have a number of differences to recent ARC events – all of which have made our rallies very attractive to participants and officials.”

The AASA ARC contains three separate Championships covering 4WD, 2WD and Classics and a contingent of crews from several states are expected to converge on Bathurst for the start of an all-new national series.

Competitors interested in further details are invited to contact Aitchison via the AMSAG website at

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