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Entries have opened  for all categories competing at the all new Rally Calder presented by East Coast Bullbars, the opening round of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship on March 1-4 in 2012 and the good news is you don’t have to be a registered Bosch ARC competitor to enter the event being billed as Melbourne’s Festival of Speed.

Supplementary regulations for the Bosch ARC, CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, the Australian Side-by-Side Challenge and the ARC Just Car Insurance Forum Battle events being run as part of the giant Rally Calder weekend were published today and are now available on line at rally.com.au (follow the Rally Calder links).

According to CEO of the Bosch ARC and Event Director for Rally Calder, Scott Pedder, competitors interested in being a part of the inaugural Rally Calder presented by East Coast Bullbars should get their entries in fast as fields will quickly fill up ahead of the entry deadline in early February.

“I want to make it clear particularly for those interested in competing in the Bosch ARC event that you don’t have to be registered for the National Championship to enter Rally Calder,” said Pedder.

“ Entrieswill be allocated to registered Bosch ARC crews first and then spaces will go on a first come first served basis, so if you are not running the Championship you are more than welcome  but  you will need to get your entries in early to ensure you are a part of this unique new rally event, Due to the number of disciplines running at the event we may have to restrict competitors in certain categories,”  he said.

“This really is a celebration of motor sport and we want as many people to be a part  of it, particularly the  Bosch ARC category  because it is a history making event  in Australian  rallying. Diversity is one of the core values of rallying and Rally Calder will provide a vast array of different types of rally action and motorsport.”

“We have already had a very promising response to the ARC Just Car Insurance  Forum Battle and we have been fielding a number of inquiries from tarmac competitors keen to be a part of the CAMS Tarmac Rally component. I also want to make the important point here that vehicle eligibility for the tarmac rally event also extends to suit CAMS Targa event regulations,” he added.

Rally Calder, presented by East Coast Bullbars is also the inaugural round of the Australian Side by Side Rally Challenge and Pedder is especially excited about this new form of motorsport.

“It is going to be a fantastic addition to Rally Calder and by extension the BOSCH ARC, and based on enquiries over the past few months since the announcement of the formation of this new series, I think we will have good numbers at Calder and for the other three events throughout the year.  I thank and congratulate CanAm and Polaris for their commitment here.”

As well as event supplementary regulations, Technical and Sporting regulations for the Australian Side by Side Rally Challenge are now available via rally.com.au

East Coast Bullbars (ECB) has announced it will be the major sponsor of the spectacular new opening round of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship at Calder Park near Melbourne next March, with the new event to be known as Rally Calder presented by ECB.

The backing of Rally Calder follows ECB’s announcement that it will also be the naming rights sponsor for the new Australian SUV Rally Challenge.

CEO of the Bosch ARC, Scott Pedder, says the initiative by ECB to become involved in rallying as both a sponsor of the new SUV Rally Challenge and Rally Calder is a major plus for the sport and for the company.

“ECB has clearly seen the potential and opportunities the Bosch ARC is offering and embraced the sport at a time of expansion and rebuilding and we welcome them to rallying,” Pedder said.

“ECB is an industry leader and its fantastic to have them as our partner for Rally Calder, an event that represents be a giant step up for the sport in Australia,” he added.

“With growing interest amongst manufacturers and privateer teams the Bosch ARC is attracting increasing attention from a range of companies and ECB is one organisation that has recognised this.

“Rally Calder presented by ECB will bring a whole new range of spectators to the sport of rallying.".

 “Rally Calder is going to be a true festival of motor sport, attracting enormous interest across a wide spectrum of fans and a lot of competitors want to be a part of it,” he added.

Rally Calder presented by ECB will run from March 2-4 with the entire event will be run within the boundaries of the Calder Park complex north west of Melbourne allowing spectators to catch all the action within a short walk of the car park. From 5pm on Thursday, March 1, fans will get an opportunity to get up close and personal with the cars and stars at the Rally Calder Rally Show and Ceremonial start in front of the West Waters Hotel and Entertainment Complex, Caroline Springs.

The Bosch ARC competitors will cover more than 100 kilometres of competitive stages over the three days of competition embracing both gravel and tarmac stages with spectacular jumps and a range of challenging “urban rally” conditions including the formidable high banked Thunderdome oval. CAMS Australian Tarmac Rally Championship competitors will tackle more than 80 kilometres of stages with technical elements forming part of the national circuit and dome. 

Australian Side x Side Rally Challenge competitors will be put to the test via a number of very special courses and over 60 kilometres of competitive driving and the ARC Just Car Insurance Forum Battle drivers will see four separate motorsport disciplines on Saturday, March 3 and a Show N Shine on Sunday, March 4.

Tickets for Rally Calder presented by ECB are now on sale through Foxtix with further initiatives and attractions to be announced in coming weeks.

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