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In just under a week’s time, the 2019 Sunraysia Safari Cross Country Rally will descend on Wentworth, NSW, for the third running of the event. The rally continues to grow, and despite the heartbreaking drought conditions being experienced in the region, the local communities continue to embrace the event as a real highlight, and the ever increasing support sees access to more properties than ever before. As a result, competitors will experience 1230 competitive kilometres over 15 different special stages over the four days of the rally, from September 11-14. The Sunraysia Safari is the longest rally in Australia in terms of competitive distance, and an amazing array of terrain and stunning landscapes will be experienced during this epic adventure. Leading the Moto division is defending Champion Jacob Smith, who after campaigning with Honda for many years, returns to the Sunraysia Safari on a Husqvarna FE 501 for the first time.

Photo: B Team Rally Media

The Auto Division has increased significantly since last year, and with the greater quantity comes quality as well! Defending Champions Michael Denham/Daniel Adam will face stiff competition in their Micklefab Raptor from former champion John Purshouse, as well as young charger Luke Olholm in his Dakar spec Century CR6. With names on the entry list like Tony Quinn, Les Walkden, Glenn Owen, and multiple Australian Safari winner John Hederics, it’s going to be on for young and old! The Sunraysia Safari continues to innovate, and this year sees a “Show and Shine” style display on the evening of Tuesday, September 10 at the Wentworth Showgrounds, which is the headquarters of the event.

Photo: B Team Rally Media

Designed to give the locals an opportunity to see the vehicles up close, and meet the competitors, it has been developed out of an interest from the communities to be more involved. “The level of interest and support from the people in the region continues to amaze me,” explained Event Director Troy Bennett. “Even in the midst of the drought that is causing so much hardship for so many of our friends up here, the main topic of conversation when I’m out on the properties is how can they help us? It’s truly remarkable and humbling to see such resilience and community spirit.” New for the 2019 edition is the final “super special” stage with a spectator point set up to allow everyone to see what Cross Country Rallying is all about. Located less than 3km from the finish of the event on the Old Wentworth Rd, it is expected to be very popular, and a great way to showcase the sport.
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