Rally of Melbourne spectator info
- 19th September 2006, 11:04am
A field of over 50 rally cars will pass through the four spectacular spectator points seven times over the weekend, in addition to the ever popular Ceremonial Start, this year at NewQuay and all the at the Service Park, rally fans will have countless opportunities to experience everything that makes rallying one of the world's most exciting and entertaining sports.
The start of the championship deciding NGK Rally of Melbourne is for the first year beginning at the NewQuay promenade at Melbourne's Docklands precinct, where there is plenty of space for spectators to meet the drivers, get an autograph and have a final look at the cars before they hit the wild roads of the Yarra Valley.
All cars will be on display from 5.00pm and the first car will cross the start at 6.30pm.
The exciting Don Road spectator point on the challenging and fast Ben Cairn stage will see the field run through the bitumen-into-gravel hairpin from 9.00am and 12.30pm on Saturday 23 September, a stage that local driver Scott Pedder believes will separate the men from the boys.
"You get the most reward when you have a go on Ben Cairn. The person with the biggest bravery pills will win there," Mitsubishi's Scott Pedder said today.
Later in the day, spectators can again see the cars in action in Marysville where they can see the cars do two runs starting from 3.00pm and 3.15pm.
Action in the service park will be at its most frantic in the 20-moinute periods allocated to fix the cars as they return battered and bruised from their recent battles with Melbourne's forest.
On Saturday the rally cars head into the Service Park at 7.00am, 9.49am, 1.08pm and 4.28pm where the teams will be going flat out to preparing and fixing the cars for the upcoming stages.
The final day of the rally is likely to be the heat that ultimately decides this year's NGK Rally of Melbourne winner as well as the overall championship winner.
For the last time this year, spectators can catch the best Australian rally drivers and cars twice at the Kalatha spectator point, in the morning at 9am and again in the afternoon from 1.00pm.
Championship favourite Simon Evans knows the pressure will be on and with the Toyota driver winning one of the Kalatha stages last year knows he will need to be on his game all day if he is to win his first national championship.
"To win the Australian Rally Championship at the NGK Rally of Melbourne, my home event, would be an absolute dream come true and Kalatha will play a huge roll as we will run that stage twice in the last eat of the season," Simon Evans said.
The Service Park will again be a hive of activity on Sunday and the teams could play a crucial role ion the Rally outcome as well as the championship. The first car is due back in to the service park 7.40am, 10.16am and 2.10pm before they head off to the famous DeBortoli Super Special stage, the final stage of the rally.
Last year thousands crammed into the Super Special stage at the picturesque winery which includes a spectacular jump and water splash section and this year the excitement will reach fever pitch as the drivers throw everything into the final stage of the year.
The first car is due to start the spectacular and viewer friendly De Bortoli stage at 3.30pm while the presentation of the NGK Rally of Melbourne on the winner's podium will begin at the winery at the conclusion of the stage.
Full details regarding ticketing, corporate hospitality and accommodation for the spectacular season finale can be found at the event's new look website, www.rallyofmelbourne.com.au.
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