Quit Forest Rally promises action aplenty
- 10th February 2012, 3:31pm
While the car competitors in the Bosch ARC will lead the Quit Forest rally away, the impressive array of Side by Sides, enduro bikes and quads will attract plenty of attention from fans and some of the top riders and drivers in the category from all over Australia.
The motos, quads and Side by Sides will cover close to 200 kilometres over two days using much of the rally route along with some select detours from the car event to spice up the challenge for the off road machines.
According to Ross Tapper, clerk of course for the Quit Forest Rally, the Moto and Side by Side section of the event will present a wide variety of challenges for the bikes, quads and side by sides with all of the back up and safety that comes with a round of the Bosch ARC.
"It is fair to say that the Quit Forest Rally has quickly established itself as one of the major events on the Australian Moto calendar and it is seen as a good warm up for the national enduro calendar and certainly one of the most challenging," said Tapper.
"The inclusion of the Side by Sides gives the event even greater 'critical mass' ensuring our viability but more importantly competitors will have an array of conditions and challenges over the rally route.
"Spectators will also have plenty of action from the Bosch ARC cars, the Classics and the new SUV category as well as the motos, quads and side by sides," Tapper added.
Headlining the moto entry will be four-time winner and reigning Finke Desert Race champ, KTM works enduro rider Ben Grabham, along with his his brother Husaberg works rider Damien Grabham who is the defending Quit Forest Rally moto champ.
The pair will headline a huge Moto category in the rally while the quad bikes and the newly added Side by Side categories are set to have equally impressive entries.
Three-times Australian Rally Champ Cody Crocker will be piloting the works backed Polaris RZR in the Side by Side Challenge at Quit Forest Rally making a comeback to an event he has won in the past with Subaru. Fighting it out with him and the many privateer Side by Side competitors will be former WRC campaigner Michael Guest who is the factory driver for CanAm.
"The fact that two of Australia's best moto enduro riders are travelling all the way from Bathurst in NSW to tackle the Quit Forest Rally says something about what we have achieved with the event over the past few years," said Ross Tapper.
"Above all we have set out to make it a fun event and one that everyone can enjoy with 216 kilometres of competitive stages with many of the stages in clear felled forests which will mean spectators will be able to see the cars, bikes, quads and side by sides for vast distances," he said.
The rally will again kick off on the evening of Friday 30 March with the hugely popular Busselton Toyota Super Special Stage on the foreshore in Busselton before hitting the forests around Nannup, 100km inland on Saturday and Sunday.
The Quit Forest Rally is now one of the major events each year for WA's popular South Western region and is sure to draw huge crowds to the Busselton stage and in the forests across the weekend.
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