Adelaide Rally Entries Open 23rd June
Date: Jun 20, 2017
The Adelaide Rally will be taking entries as of Friday 23rd June.
The expanded three-day event boasts 27 stages, including up to 20 closed road stages using the most challenging and iconic sections of traditional Classic Adelaide Rally roads. Combined with Collingrove Hillclimb, a quarter mile sprint at The Bend Motorsport Park and other activities this touring road event has more diversity and appeals to the burgeoning Touring and Speed Limited sections as well as the hard-core rally competitor.
Noticeable changes since 2016 include a substantial reduction in entry fees for the competition categories - in excess of 40% lower entry fees for 2017 in some cases
Access to enter the event has been dramatically increased through broader regulations and the inclusion of modern cars in competition. A dedicated competition category called Category S has been created for vehicles with modifications deemed acceptable in the spirit of the event. This allows those with cars still compliant with general and safety requirements to take part in a timed competition for second-tier trophies.
The introduction of shorter, 3km closed road stages delivers a reduction in costs that has flowed on to competitors with a lower entry fee for 2017, while reducing resident impact and increasing detour options for local traffic. These shorter stages are hand-picked sections that are technically challenging and generally offer the highest level of directional change and the most diversity in regards to corner characteristics (hairpins,sweepers,linking corners,cambered corners, handbrake turns). This has also resulted in lower average speeds on these sections due to the tight and challenging roads, which are primarily located in the upper Mount Lofty Ranges and steep inclines bordering Willunga and McLaren Vale.
Entrants will travel over 850km in total over the three-day event, with almost 100km being competitive. The event can be recce'd in under one day and takes in multiple A-grade tourism regions of South Australia.
The most significant difference with the Adelaide Rally when compared to other events nationally or internationally is the event's proximity to a major capital city and integration into a larger event. Participants take part in the Gouger Street Party along with 6000 spectators as the city comes alive to celebrate the Adelaide Rally and Adelaide Motorsport Festival. The event finale is held on a section of the iconic Adelaide Grand Prix circuit and podium festivities take place on the premium playing field of Victoria Park, making the Adelaide Rally an event like no other.
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