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The Benalla Auto Club, the club that runs the Winton Motor Raceway in north eastern Victoria, is about to start work on a 2.5km rally track that will include a cross-over and the opportunity for two cars to compete at once.

The club initially spoke to Subaru about the concept and had long discussions with Cody Crocker  about the format of the track. Since that time they have discussed the idea and have taken advice from Neal Bates, Scott Pedder and Mitsubishi Ralliart team manager Alan Heaphy.

The track will be built in the north east corner of the Winton complex, in the farming area adjoining the pit complex.

Work on the track will start soon, now that the club’s new motorcross track has been completed, and it is expected that it will be operational by the middle of 2007.

“It had originally been hoped to have the track up and running by Christmas this year, but now the middle of next year is looking more likely,” BAC president, Bruce Robertson, told RallySport Magazine.

The track will be available for rally teams and individuals to test their rally cars on, as well as being available to vehicle manufacturers and car clubs.

The two-at-a-time format, a-la Rally Australia’s Gloucester Park, should also endear itself to spectators keen to see rallying in a single location. It may also see the reintroduction of rallycross to Australia, which has been mooted in recent months.

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