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Entries continue to stream in for the inaugural Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge, to be held in and around the north west Tasmanian city of Burnie, on October 4 and 5.

Formerly known as Rallye Burnie, the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge is a two-day tarmac rally for modern and classic rally cars. In 2008, the event is also a round of the prestigious Australian Rally Championship (ARC).

Over 40 entries have already been received for the event, including former V8 Supercar star Tony Longhurst, multiple Bathurst 1000 winner Jim Richards, and the factory Toyota rally stars, Simon Evans and Neal Bates. Cameron Wearing, winner of the Classic section of the 2008 Rally Tasmania, will also be back, ensuring a competitive classic section.

With over three weeks until entries close, event manager, Scott Spedding, is confident that the event will play host to some of the biggest names in Australian rallying.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the event, and with the addition of the ARC round, spectator numbers will increase, as will the level of competition in the rally,” Spedding said.

“We expect a number of other high profile drivers to enter, including 2008 Rally Tasmania and Targa Tasmania winner Steve Glenney  There are also many of the  regular ARC competitors who we expect to make the trip to Burnie for the event.”

The Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge will be run over two days, with competitors tackling the same six stages on both days of the rally. Saturday will also include a short warm up stage prior to the competition starting in full.  

The rally will begin with a ceremonial start on Friday, October 3 at the Burnie Showgrounds. With the annual Show taking place that weekend, a huge crowd of excited spectators is guaranteed.

Taking in many of the roads that the hugely successful Rally Tasmania uses each February, the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge is the first full tarmac rally to be included in the Australian Rally Championship.

Further details and Supplementary Regulations for the event are now available at the event website, www.tarmacchallenge.com
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