Hobart to host Safari start
Following the blistering third round of the NEC Australian Rally Championship (ARC) held in Queensland, teams are now prepping to head south for the Subaru Safari Tasmania which for the second year running will kick-off with an electric streetscape start in North Hobart.
North Hobart’s restaurant and shopping strip on Elizabeth Street will once again play host to the exciting Ceremonial Start of the fourth round of the Championship which will be held from July 14 – 16 over 180 kilometres of challenging gravel roads nestled in Tasmania’s Southern Forests.
Starting at 7pm on Friday July 14, this fabulous free-to-see spectator event allows you to mix and mingle with the cars and get the autograph of your favourite rally stars as they take this final opportunity to relax before the following two days of intense competition in the Huon Valley.
Elizabeth Street will be closed between Federal and Burnett Streets for South bound traffic and from Burnett to Newdegate Streets for North bound traffic from 6.30pm until 10.30pm.
A total of 22 teams representing four of Australia’s top manufacturer marques, Subaru, Toyota, Ford and Mitsubishi, will make Tasmania’s deep south their own as they battle each other for overall Australian Rally Championship victory.
After further extending their lead at last week’s coates Rally Queensland in their fiery Toyota Corolla Sportivo, Toyota Racing Development’s (TRD) husband and wife duo, Simon and Sue Evans, now hold a healthy 12 point lead over their rivals as they head to Tasmania to try out their hardware on a selection of Tasmania’s premium gravel roads.
The Subaru Safari Tasmania comprises a total 180 competitive kilometres of challenging forest roads over 20 special stages. Sixty kilometres south of Hobart, the township of Geeveston will play host to the two-day event.
For information on the Subaru Safari Tasmania visit the event website www.safaritasmania.com.au