Rally of Melbourne 50/50 chance
- 15th December 2006, 10:55am
Although nothing has been confirmed and nobody from the Rally of Melbourne office would make any official comment, RallySport Magazine understands that a consortium was being formed to run the event in 2007, but before that happens many things need to be sorted out.
It is believed that Western Australian, Ross Tapper, is interested in continuing in his role as Clerk of Course, but will require 100% commitment and backing from the team that has assisted in previous years.
Neil Cuthbert and Justin Hunt announced their withdrawal from the event at the start of November for personal reasons, but didn’t rule out being involved in the event in the future.
"We are keen to see the event continue, and would provide every encouragement and assistance to someone else to take the event over, and continue its place in the Australian Rally Championship,” Cuthbert said in a press release at that time.
If the event was to get off the ground in 2007, it is expected that many of the same areas used in previous years would be utilised. However it is understood that the Yarra Valley Shire gave the event little support, and failed to even recognize the event on their calendar, so a change in venue for the rally would certainly not be out of the question.
A Victorian Rally Panel representative confirmed that he knew nothing about plans for the event to run in 2007, although he had heard rumours that the event was keen to utilize some pine forests. This, however, would seem to be an impossibility as Victorian events are still banned from using any forests controlled by the Hancocks organization, a situation that dates back to September 2000.
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