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Television and motorsport identity, Grant Denyer, has confirmed his entry in Rallye Burnie, which takes place around the northern Tasmanian city on September 21-23.

The presence of the star of It Takes Two is a major boost for the event. Not only will his profile help sell the event to sponsors and fans, Denyer is a qualtiy driver with a real chance of taking outright honours.

The 29-year-old motoring enthusiast proved his driving credentials when he finished second outright and first in the production car class in his first full tarmac rally, the SunCoast Classic, last month.

His performance in the Les Walkden Rallying prepared Subaru Impreza WRX STI against a class field whetted his appetite for future tarmac events.

“Driving for Les (Walkden) in Queensland was a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to do Rallye Burnie and take on what I know are some of the best tarmac roads in this country,” Denyer said.

“The Queensland field was good, with names like Jim Richards and Tony Quinn on the grid, so it gave me a good idea of where I sit in the competition.”

“Driving the Subaru gives me a legitimate chance of beating the Porsches and the other elite marques.”

“I’ve competed in Targa Tasmania earlier this year but I had to share the driving at various stages so I could fill my Seven commitments,” Denyer said.

“So this will really only be my second full tarmac rally and I’m looking forward to the chance to push myself to the limit. I can’t wait to get back down to Tasmania and chase down the chequered flag in Burnie.”

Denyer will once again be joined by experienced co-driver, 2005 Australian Rally Champion, Dale Moscatt.

The two day event will cover more than 180 competitive kilometres, taking in some of the most spectacular mountain and valley areas around the north-west of the state.

Rally Burnie is seeking volunteers who wish to become involved in the action and adventure of the rally.

“People wanting to come on board for this event should see the website, www.rallytasmania.com.au,” said event operations manager, Geoff Becker.

“We have all sorts of roles where people can get involved and be part of the fun. It’s a great opportunity to participate in this important event for our region.”

Interested people should contact the rally office on phone 03 6432 3988 for more information about the event which attracts both modern and classic cars.

Burnie will come alive with the Ceremonial start in the city at 6pm on Friday September 21. The stage action then commences on Saturday September 22 and finishes in Waratah in front of the historic Mt Bischoff Hotel on Sunday September 23.
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