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A new concept in motor sport will be introduced to South Australia this summer with Summer Twilight Tarmac Rallysprints set to be staged at the Adelaide International Raceway from the 13th October.

The concept which successfully debuted at Perth Motorplex Dragway five years ago and has taken Sydney by storm over the past two seasons will see competitors battling it out over a tarmac 2.5 km rallysprint course around the Adelaide Raceway at Virginia starting at 6pmon the second Thursday of each month between October and March.

Clerk of Course for the Adelaide Summer Twilight Tarmac Rallysprints, Jon Thomson successfully headed up the Sydney Dragway Rallysprints for the past two years and after some urging from local SA motor sport enthusiasts has agreed to bring the concept to the City of Churches.

“The Twilight Rallysprint concept allows time poor competitors the chance to get out on a Thursday night when they might normally be sitting in front of the television to get out and have some motor sport fun without using up a precious weekend,” said Jo Thomson.

“It has proved enormously successful in Sydney and Perth and after some Adelaide competitors approached me we decided to bring the concept to town,” he said.

“It took some negotiation with the management at Adelaide Raceway we are now in a position to go ahead with the series starting on Thursday 13th October,” he added.

The Twilight Tarmac events will continue across the summer with subsequent rounds on Thursday 10th November, Thursday 8th December, 12th January, 9th February with the final round of the 2106/17 series on 9th March.

Each round will see scrutineering and documentation start at 3.30pm with a drivers briefing at 5.15pm, convoy reconnaissance from 5.30pm and competition starting at 6pm. The cars will run at 30-second intervals and Dorian electronic timing will be used for accuracy and ease of scoring. Crews will get a minimum of five runs across the night.

The events will be run as multi club level 1 rallysprint under the latest Rallysprint Standing Regulations that mean competitors can run cars under similar rules to Supersprints. This means a roil cage and full harnesses are not required.

“This allows crews to give rallying a try in a less testing environment than a full gravel rally, using a driver and co-driver but without having to outlay huge amounts of money to build or buy a full house rally machine,” said Thomson.

“Our aim is to run fun and safe events conducted in a convenient location with everyone from absolute novices to experts having a go on a Thursday night,” he added.

“The Sydney and Perth events have attracted everything from road going BMWs and Commodores to full house Mitsubishi Evos and Subarus along with tarmac spec Porsches and even ARC winning Celica GT-4s, it is a real mix of machinery, skill and competitiveness but the bottom line is a great night of safe and fun motor sport no matter what you are driving, said Thomson.

The Twilight Tarmac Rallysprints will have two classes for two wheel drive cars on tarmac tyres along with two capacity classes for four wheel drive vehicles on tarmac tyres as well as classes for two wheel drive and four wheel drive cars using rally tyres for drivers who really want to hang the tail out.

There will be a coffee van and food van on hand to feed and water, crews across the evening.

The event Supp. Regs. will be available in the next few days while organisers have tried to keep the entry fee as low as possible with the cost being $255 per car per event or a reduced fee of $1380 if you pay up front for all six events before entries close for round one.

More info from: www.tarmacrallysprint.com.au

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