The fourth and final round of the Tasmanian Rally Series will be held on October 2nd, with the running of the Southern Cross Television Mountain Stages Rally in the plantation forests near Mathinna in North East Tasmania.

The event is hosted by the Motorsports Club of Tasmania and is a long standing event on the Tasmanian calendar.  Held over well formed logging roads, the rally is a favourite with all competitors.

For the second year running, well known Co-Driver Barry Oliver is Clerk of Course and this year Australian Rally Champion Ed Ordynski steps into the Zero car, with Zara White beside him.

With quite a few of the classes still to be decided, the club hopes to see around 25 crews enter the event.

Unfortunately Subaru driver Lynn Rattray who is currently leading the series is unable to make the final event due to a prior business commitment, although his Co-Driver Lindon Hills has the title wrapped up with one round to spare.

This leaves the driver title race open in a battle between Subaru pilots David Waldon and Mark Butcher.

The 2 wheel drive crown is still up for grabs and three crews have a chance at the title.  In the drivers it’s a battle between Lee Peterson (Sunny Gti), Stephen Turner (XR6 Falcon), and Marcus Walkem (Sprinter). And in the Co-Driver battle it’s between Anna Flittner (XR6 Falcon), Tim Kulhanek (Sprinter) and Kelly Handley (Mirage) and Pete Bailey (RX7).

The first car is due to leave the start at Archers Manor in Alanvale at 9am, and is due to return around 4pm after 137km of competitive kilometres, on the best rally roads in the country.

There are three fantastic spectator points, and spectator guides will be available from and event sponsors in the week prior to the event and at the start venue on the day.

The Motorsports Club of Tasmania would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of Southern Cross Television, The Launceston City Council, Forestry Tasmania, Timberlands, Legana Tyres and More, Les Walkden Enterprises, Archers Manor and AGS Photos.

Story: Jason Milner

Photo: AGS Photos

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