The Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club Inc. will be conducting three shire road rallies in the north of New South Wales during 2016 with valued support from the Kyogle and Tenterfield Shire Councils; also the communities of Kyogle, Woodenbong and Urbenville.
First up is the Urbenville Sprint Rally on the 28th May that is actually a ‘club level’ short course special stage rally. Rally HQ and the Service Park are located in the beautiful surrounds of the Urbenville Showground. Located in the middle of a short tarmac transport loop is a great piece of road that is highly regarded by rally competitors. It is repeated in both directions multiple times at one minute intervals. The after party will be at the Bowling Club right at Rally HQ. Climatrol Air Conditioning is helping out with the event.
The ‘big one’ is the Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally on the 27th August centred solely on Kyogle this year. This event is Round 4 of the 2016 MRF Queensland Rally Championship / Clubman Series.
Friday is optional reconnaissance for the two well known stages, media day and documentation into the evening. A ceremonial start right in the center of Kyogle kicks off proceedings Saturday morning. What follows is four fantastic ex WRC stages repeated twice. That is except for Hillyards which will see the cars pass through what is arguably one of the best spectator points in the country a third time, this time at night. All the stages form loops to and from the Service Park and Rally HQ located at the Kyogle Showgrounds. A Super Special at the Showgrounds completes the rally but not the entertainment.
The GCTMC Inc. is working on functions for both Friday and Saturday nights to allow competitors, service crews and officials the opportunity to celebrate rallying. The GCTMC Inc. is very pleased to announce Brakes Direct is again the naming rights sponsor and supported by co-sponsor Forza.
The Yowie Country Rally on the 22nd October is a multi club special stage rally and is Round 5 of the 2016 MRF Tyres Queensland Novice Rally Championship. Rally HQ and the Service Park are located in the well established Woodenbong Showground. In the middle of a short tarmac transport loop is a great piece of road that is again highly regarded by rally competitors. It forms two stages that are repeated in both directions multiple times. The after party will be on the verandah of the Showground Hall. MPS Web Consulting Services are again helping out with the event.
All these events will offer the opportunity for ‘All Comers’ to enter. All stages are flowing, but technical, formed shire roads. Many are ex WRC stages from the 2009 Repco.
President of the club Stephen Davies says, “It is no secret we are chasing entries from the owners of Classics as these roads are perfect for them. Evidence is the fact that at the Woodenbong event at the end of 2015 the top finishers were all 2WD Classics”.
Camping is available at all the Service Parks and Rally HQ for every event. These parks are all at the local showgrounds and will be fully catered by the local communities. (The upgrading of the Urbenville facilities has been completed.)
Refer www.gctmc.org.au for continuing updates and relevant documents.