This weekend sees the running of the fourth round of the New South Wales Rally Championship, the Bay Stages Rally.

The popular Batemans Bay-based event has attracted a healthy field of 57 entries in the main NSWRC event, with a further 15 cars starting the ‘Murramarang Meander’ which also forms part of the event.

Leading the field away from the start tomorrow morning will be the brother and sister team of Michael Boaden (pictured) and Helen Cheers. The reigning NSW Champions will again pilot their potent Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7, but will come under strong opposition from the older model Lancer Evo 3 of young gun Gavin Croker.

Unlike many other states, the NSW Rally Championship is dominated by Mitsubishis, and surprisingly, only two cars in the top 20 are built to Group N specifications – the remaining 18 run under the more open Production Rally Car (PRC) rules.

Boaden currently holds a 19 point lead in the championship over Darren Williams, who will start the event from position five, but with two rounds remaining after this weekend, there’s still everything to play for.

Steve Slade’s Lancer Evo 4 is a further five points behind Williams in the standings, followed by Chris Judson (Subaru) and Peter Ewing in a Holden Gemini.

The first two-wheel drive car in the field is the Datsun 1600 of Claude Murray at position 18, followed by Jon Waterhouse in a Mazda RX7. Matthew Martin’s spectacular Datsun 240K will be a real crowd puller, as will the 29th seed, Molly Taylor in her rear-wheel drive Toyota Celica.

The event is being conducted by the North Shore Sporting Car Club, and is also a round of the NSW Hyundai Excel Rally Series and the ACT Rally Series.

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