The Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally on Saturday the 27th August is Round 4 of the MRF Tyres Queensland Rally Championship but it might just be the Classics that steal the show at this all shire road event.
Set to run at the front of the field in their own category the Zupp Property Group Classic Rally Challenge will have some top line names competing. Heading the list is New Zealand’s multiple Otago Winner Derek Ayson in a MK II Escort. Derek last ran the event as Zero in a BMW supplied by Ed Mulligan. He loved the event so much he was determined to come back, and compete. Jack Monkhouse will be back this time in a bellowing V8 Manta. Both cars will be supplied by Ed Mulligan of 4WD World.
Rallytorque have put together the Border Ranges Escort Challenge especially for Ford Escorts, and there is certainly good interest being shown. Tom Dermody and Keith Fackrell will be in RS 1800s, Matt Linning in another MK II, and Rob Clark will have his stunning MK1 out for a run. These crews will run with the Classics at the front of the field.
Of course there are all the Classes of the MRF Tyres Queensland Rally Championship with the all-wheel drive rockets leading the way. Rob Bishop in his EVO 6 is an outright contender but there are a few NSW drivers led by Peter Roberts, also in an EVO 6, who will be wanting to take home the trophy for the Queensland V New South Wales Challenge.
Forza (specials brake suppliers) also have prizes on offer for cars fitted with their great product. And of course there is a category for those who just want to come and do some skids on some of the best rally roads in the Country.
Friday is set aside for reconnaissance and a Media Stage. The event proper gets under way in the centre of Kyogle with the first car flagged away at 9.45am. There are nine ex WRC shire road stages being contested with crews passing through the famous Hillyard’s Spectator Point three times. The third will be a night stage. To complete proceedings crews will tackle two runs of the Super Special at the Kyogle Showground.
Supplementary regulations are out for competitors. Refer to www.borderrangesrally.com.au for all the required documentation. But if you are not competing and want your own ‘personal spectator point’ then contact John Truskinger the event’s Officials Co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 0407 656 044