The date for the 2009 Rally Tasmania has been moved forward one week, to February 13-15, to avoid a clash with another premier motorsport event.

Organisers of the event, MSR Corporate, have agreed to the date change so many of Australia’s top tarmac racers can also contest the Bathurst 12-Hour endurance race.

Rally Tasmania’s event manager, Scott Spedding, said that many of the likely competitors in his event were also hoping to contest the popular 12-Hour, so the date change made obvious sense.

Traditionally the opening event on the Australian rally calendar, Rally Tasmania is based in and around the north-west city of Burnie. It uses some of the best tarmac rally roads in Australia, including the famous Savage River and Hellyer Gorge stages.

The 2009 event will also feature the spectacular Burnie street stage, which so successfully made its debut this year in front of a crowd of thousands of spectators.

2008 Classic Rally winner, Cameron Wearing, is already looking forward to next year’s event.

"Tasmania offers roads with the character that just demand respect, but the most fun of the whole event in 2008 was the Burnie Super Stage. It was just fantastic,” Wearing said.

“I love coming to Tasmania and love entering Rally Tasmania."

For full details on next year’s event, visit www.rallytasmania.com.au

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