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The 2013 RallyWA season kicked off with a launch at the Performance West showroom in Ascot on Tuesday evening.

There was big news from Performance West with the announcement they had agreed to become one of RallyWA’s major sponsors alongside Quit, Shannon’s Insurance, Atom Supply and Fresh Look IT.

WA Rally Panel Chairman Ross Tapper welcomed the new deal and announced some of the changes for the 2013 season.
This year competitors will be seeded based on their best two events of the last three. The new system is similar to that of the Australian Rally Championship.

“Hopefully that will provide a more relevant and responsive seeding system,” Tapper said.

Other major changes for the 2013 season will be allowing four-wheel-drive turbo cars to run without a restrictor. They must, however, run pump fuels.

Competitors will also be required to fit a T-piece in their fuel lines to allow easier fuel testing. Tapper said this new regulation would come into effect after next month’s Quit Forest Rally.

Standard Time Cards will also be introduced for all events this year making life easier for co-drivers and officials.

The season launch - which attracted almost 200 competitors, support crew and rally fans - was also a chance to check out the rescue gear from Ashendon First Intervention who provide rescue services on all WA rallies. Their comprehensive display included 100 tonne hydraulic cutters which could be used to cut through cars and roll cages in emergency situations.

Revolution Racegear was also on show and included one of their custom racesuits. Competitors who carry Revolution Racegear signage on their car in every event their year are in the running to win a similar custom RPM suit worth up to $1500.
Mike Nairn from Revolution Racegear also donated a $1200 store voucher which host Terry Mann auctioned to raise money for RallyWA promotional purposes.

Amongst the attendees on the night was 2012 WARC champ Alex Stone who’s recently returned from a New Zealand mountain-biking holiday. Stone said the gearbox of his Subaru WRX was currently in the Czech Republic being repaired by the manufacturer but that everything should be ready for the Quit Forest Rally.

2012 2WD Champion Driver Dylan King announced he would step up to the 4WD class and would kick off his campaign in the Subaru WRX previously campaigned by Doug Tostevin who’ll be spectating for the first part of the year before deciding on his next rally move.

Meanwhile, Razvan Vlad said he was ready to start testing for what will be a big year with events including the WA Rally Championship rounds, plus TargaWest and World Rally Championship event Rally Australia.

The 2013 WARC season kicks off next month. The calendar is as follows:
April 5-7 – Quit Forest Rally (WARC and ARC)
May 18 – Trade Hire Donnelly Rally
June 22 – Experts Cup
July 27 – Lewana Stages
October 12 – Carringtons Safari
October 26 – Come and Try Day
November 16 – Darling 200 (2WD only)

Throughout the year www.rallywa.com will provide news, information and results for each event.

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