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Forty-three entries have been received for the running of this weekend’s Lewana Stages Rally, the first round of the Western Australian Rally Championship.

Thirty cars have entered the WARC component, while a further 13 will contest the Clubman Cup section of the event.

Rob Herridge, father of ARC driver Dean, heads the field in an Impreza WRX, followed by Tolley Challis in a Lancer Evo 7.

Subarus fill the next seven places on the entry list, with Blair Pugh driving the first two-wheel drive car - his Ford Escort - at position 10.

Ten of the WARC drivers have also registered for the Clubman Cup.

The Lewana Stages will be held in the Grimwade Plantation east of Kirup this Saturday. The event is once again based at the town of Balingup, approximately two and a half hours south of Perth. The region offers some of the best rally roads in the state, ranging from fast flowing stages to tight and twisty technical stages, all of which draw the best from drivers and co-drivers alike.

State Competitors will cover a total of 313km, with 124km of competitive roads spread over 10 special stages. Clubman Competitors will travel the shorter distance of 152 km, 62km of which will be competitive special stages.

For 2007, there has been a change to the service area. All servicing will be conducted at the Kirup Oval on the South West Highway, approximately 10km from Rally HQ. The start, rally HQ and presentation ceremony will all be held in Balingup, at the recreation centre.

A central venue spectator point is located in the old Grimwade town site, approximately 12km from Balingup. Access is mostly via sealed roads. This point is visited twice during the day.

Due to logging operations in the area, competing cars will be able to be seen for a long distance over a wide field of view. Spectator details will be available from rally HQ.

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