The latest specification four-wheel drive rally cars will continue to be banned from scoring points in the NSW Rally Championship in 2020. R5, AP4 and G4 spec cars will be able to contest NSW championship events, but cannot score points, following consultation with competitors and feedback from a recent online survey conducted by the CAMS NSW Rally Panel. The Panel stated concerns that premature introduction of these categories could cruel the success of the MTA NSW Championship for the majority of outright contenders. “These cars represent a new breed of design that allows crews to reach a level of performance beyond the current crop of turbo 4WD cars,” NSW Rally Panel Chair, John Sparkes, said. “At this point in time their costs to purchase and maintain (or lease) are out of reach for most state-level competitors. “Many teams were against it, stating it was too early and too costly at this stage to move to this type of vehicle.” A decision on the 2021 championship will be made at the start of the 2020 season, so that any “go-ahead” will give potential competitors 12 months of lead time. The (NSW) Panel appreciates that it is inevitable for these vehicles to become eligible for State Championship points at some time in the future, but the timing needs to be right so that aspiring NSW Rally Champions aren’t priced out of the championship, a statement said.

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