Adelaide Rally Entries Open
Date: Jun 07, 2018
This year's Adelaide Rally is gearing up to be bigger, longer and better than ever, with an extra day added to the competition, making it a full four-day event. There are 33 closed-road stages planned, covering approximately 150 kilometres, with stage length up to 14km.
Our first entrants are already confirmed - 2017 winners Neal Bates and Coral Taylor will defend their title in the legendary Australian Rally Championship-winning Celica GT4. With interest in the event running high, we're anticipating an even bigger field than last year's 268 cars, making it one of the largest tarmac-rally style events in Australasia.
The popular one-day Prima Tour returns in 2018, preceding the main touring and competitive groups on the Thursday, taking on some of Australia's finest and most technical driving roads, with some driving exercises at The Bend before lunch at the Adelaide Hills Distillery.
The Main Tour, incorporating manufacturer tour groups, runs across three days, preceding the competitive categories on an untimed run at a swift pace through closed-road sections, with more than 27 activities across the event.
The Spirit Tour takes things up a notch, with a non-competitive run through the Rally course over three days, led by tour leaders who set a rapid pace on technical, twisting roads, with speeds capped at 120kmh.
Regularity combines speed with strategy, setting a target time for each section, with penalties applied for missing the target, and for exceeding the 130kmh limit. Regularity, and all other competitive categories take part in all four days of the Adelaide Rally, from Wednesday to Saturday.
Challenge is one of the Rally's fastest-growing categories, offering the thrill of competition on twisting, technical roads. A 130 kmh limit applies on closed-road stages, competitors are timed and the fastest wins.
The Competition category is open to modern and classic machinery, which run in two separate competitions. Competitors are timed, with the fastest winning.
Out of the car, the event places competitors in the thick of the action at the Adelaide Motorsport Festival, with rally entrants appearing at the Gouger Street Party on the Friday night, and the cars returning to Victoria Park every afternoon, and remaining on display on the Sunday. A street party featuring all entrants in the Hills town of Stirling is planned for the Saturday afternoon.
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