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The Bega Valley Rally will once again be using the fast, flowing and highly popular shire roads during this year’s event, to be conducted over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

The Bega Valley Council has approved the use of four shire roads for the event on Sunday, June 7. These are the ever popular ‘Upper Cobargo’, ‘Coopers Creek’, ‘Buckajo’ and ‘The Snake Track’ special stages, which provide some of the very best of roads for rallying. These will be combined with four forestry special stages in the forests around Eden and Kiah, some 100 kilometres to the south of Bega.

The eight special stages will comprise a total of 145 kilometres, representing 35% of the total event length of 410 kilometres.

Some 80 entries are anticipated and the first of these will start from the centre of Bega at 9am  and is expected back to the finish at 6pm. Competitors will traverse the first three shire roads at one minute intervals, which will then be expanded to two minute intervals during the first service break, prior to the forestry special stages.

Some course changes have been made to the forestry special stages from the last Bega Valley Rally, conducted in 2007, and an important inclusion is a vast log dump area for servicing, which will not be adversely affected by wet weather. The large area will be used three times during the event.

It is now confirmed that the rally will be a round of:
     New South Wales Rally Championship – round two of six rounds
     Victorian Rally Championship – round three of six rounds
     Race Brakes Sydney NSW Excel Rally Series
     Victorian Excel Rally Series
     PCD Engineering ACT Regional Rally Series.

The Championships will be conducted over the full course of 145 kilometres, whilst the Series will cover six special stages for a total of 115 kilometres. However, competitors in the Series can nominate to continue to do the full length course, and will be eligible to do so by paying the Championship fee.

Entry fees, set by the New South Wales Rally Panel, will be $550 for the Championship and $355 for the Series.

Regional scrutiny of vehicles and documentation will take place in the week prior to the event, and only limited scrutiny will be carried out in Bega.

Final documentation and rally headquarters will once again be based at the Bega RSL Club.

Senior officials of the event are:
     Clerk of Course                    Tom Snooks
     Assistant Clerk of Course (Road)    Bill Bennett
     CAMS Checker                    Kam Baker
     Rally Control Manager            Ken Roddam
     Headquarters Manager            Kevin Shaw
     Chief Scrutineer (Vic Series)        Graham Palmer
     Competitor Relations Officer (Vic)    David Officer
     Competitor Relations Officer (NSW)    Jo Vettoretti
     Officials Coordinator                Christine Bethwaite
     Safety Officer                    Bill Bennett

Other appointments are yet to be made.

The medical service (including two FIVs) will be provided by Motorsport Safety Rescue.

Supplementary Regulations will be available by the end of February/early March, with entries opening on April 20 and closing on May 29.

A Bega Valley Rally website will be available by the end of February.

All enquiries can be directed to:
Tom Snooks
Clerk of Course
kemdot@iprimus.com.au
0428 165 275

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