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Wastegate Chatter … 7: Bathurst on rally tyres is … sketchy, at best!

It’s a Sunday morning ritual in October. Up early for the 8am practice session, rush outside to do a few jobs that you put off from the day before, then settle in for six or seven hours on the couch

Bathurst – the one day of the year when you pray for rain, and when it doesn't, you sit inside all day anyway!

There aren't too many Sundays motorsport fans look forward to more. Even if you're not a dyed in the wool Supercars fan, you'll probably at least watch the first half hour or so when the cars are close and the action is fast and furious.

Most of us, though, will never get the chance to drive the famous Mt Panorama circuit at speed. Unless, of course, you competed in a Bathurst Rally in the 1990s, as I did.

Back then I was a youngster keen to do any rally I could, and when the Bathurst Rally organisers announced that a stage of their rally would take in parts of the track, I couldn't get my entry in fast enough.

Sure, it was a long six-hour haul north west to Bathurst, but it was well worth the effort.

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Peter Whitten

Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.
Peter has been the editor of RallySport Magazine since its inception in 1989, in both printed and online form. He is a long-time competitor, event organiser and official, as well as working in the media. In 2020 he received a Motorsport Australia 'Media Service Award'.