Government backing for Rally of Lithgow
- 3rd March 2010, 8:36am
The ‘Car Net Auctions Rally of Lithgow’ is not only round one of the NSW State Championship but also the opening round of the NSW Clubman Championship, the Autotech Services ACT Rally Series and the NSW Hyundai Excel Rally Series.
The support of Tourism NSW means the rally is on the NSW Regional Flagship Events list while also receiving strong backing from the Lithgow Visitors Information Centre and Lithgow Council.
Organiser, the North Shore Sporting Car Club is planning a major vehicle display for the main street of Lithgow prior to the first car being flagged away at 1.30pm with not just the field of rally cars but a variety of interesting machines from a range of car clubs adding to the carnival atmosphere.
Competitors will face 11 special stages totaling 127 km of competitive running along with 224 km of liaison stages centre around Lithgow and the forest to the north and south of the town.
According to Rally of Lithgow Clerk of Course Ric Cary the event will bring together the best rally drivers in the state across all major championships on some of the best rally roads available.
“We have chosen some great roads, including a stage in Newnes which hasn’t been used in almost 20 years, along with a stage on the edge of the Lithgow CBD which will give local spectators easy access to the action,” said Ric.
“We have always strived to make the Rally of Lithgow the best rally in Australia and our volunteers are a huge part of that, without the help we receive every year from our dedicated volunteers the event just couldn’t run,” he added.
This year all volunteers will receive a special pack with food and drinks to sustain them through the day in a souvenir cooler bag, which can be kept for use after the event as a small expression of thanks from the organisers.
Officials will also be entered in a draw to win a day at Oran Park driving the Rallyschool WRX, Evo and V8 utes
“Volunteers can use the link on the Rally of Lithgow website to register availability and our rally officials co-ordinator will be in touch to confirm times and stage positions, they’ll have the best seats in the house,” says Ric Cary.
Spectators in Lithgow will also get the chance to see cars being serviced at a service areas in town as well as at the traditional rally of Lithgow service park at the corner of Jenolan Caves Rd and Duckmaloi Rd near Hampton.
The Car Net Auctions Rally of Lithgow is a fully pace noted rally, however for those not wanting to make notes the rally is fully route charted while the organizers will also supply a set of pace notes to all competitors to simplify the process.
“It really is a great way to learn pace noting with a minimum of fuss and without to much pressure,” said Ric Cary.
Competitors can make pace notes on Friday afternoon and/or Saturday morning.
Supplementary regulations and all information relating to the Rally of Lithgow can be found at www.rallyoflithgow.com
Lithgow is just over 90 minutes from the Sydney CBD and the first car is scheduled to be flagged away from the main street of town at 1.30pm on Saturday 17 April wit the first car due back first car due back at rally headquarters at Lithgow Workies Club around 8.15pm with a rally presentation planned for around 10.30pm.
For further information visit www.rallyoflithgow.com
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