ABOUT : SUBARU RALLY TASMANIA
Subaru Rally Tasmania is a brand new rally event to bring Tasmania back onto the CAMS ARC calendar. Tasmania last hosted the CAMS ARC in 2009/2010 on the all asphalt Rally Tasmania in the North West, and the last CAMS ARC gravel event, the Subaru Safari Tasmania, was previously hosted in the Huon Valley in 2006.
Subaru Rally Tasmania has been made possible through the support of many organisations such as Events Tasmania, the City of Launceston, Subaru Australia, Buckby Motors, The Examiner Newspaper and Channel 7 Tasmania.
Subaru Rally Tasmania is a 3 day rally event, from the 27th to 29th of July. The event starts with a ceremonial start in the Inveresk Precinct and a 0.82km spectator stage around the Inveresk Roundhouse. Crews will then tackle 240km of rally stages in the forests surrounding Launceston over the Saturday and Sunday, before finishing at Inveresk for the finish and podium celebrations.
ABOUT: CAMS Australian Rally Championship
The CAMS ARC is one of the oldest running national rally championships in the world. Teams race on gravel roads to set the fastest times across multiple closed road sections (called stages), with the fastest cumulative time being awarded the winner of the event.
The cars are generally converted productions cars that can be seen on our roads, but with upgrades of four wheel drive systems and turbo chargers to ensure plenty of grip and power on slippery surfaces, but also an array of safety features, including a roll cage to protect the occupants.
The team comprises of a driver and co-driver. Whilst the driver is responsible for racing the car, the co-driver provides instruction to the driver throughout the stages, with a corner by corner description of the road ahead, using a system called pacenotes. Before the event, the team undertakes a reconnaissance of the stages, to note each corner and hazard so the driver can be prompted as to what the road ahead looks like. CAMS ARC rallies generally feature approximately 200km of stages, therefore the driver isn’t likely to remember every corner over 200km, unlike a race track which may have only 10 corners over a few kilometres!
Tasmania was first included on the calendar in the mid 1980s, and since then has featured many times on the CAMS ARC Calendar. In 2018, the CAMS ARC calendar includes six events, visiting Ballarat, Canberra, Busselton (WA), Launceston, the Adelaide Hills and finally Coffs Harbour for the World Rally Championship event.
ABOUT: Dunlop-Motul Tasmanian Rally Championship
The TRC plays support act to the CAMS Australian Rally Championship, but is no less exciting. Rallying in Tasmania has experienced significant growth in the past two years, which has helped to secure Subaru Rally Tasmania as a round of the CAMS ARC.
The TRC is a five round championship in 2018, with Subaru Rally Tasmania being the third round, with crews from around the state competing for numerous titles. A key part of the TRC is the Buckby Subaru Challenge, a new class where near identical non-turbo Subaru Impreza RS cars from 2001-2005 compete against each other in a stand alone competition. As the cars are built to the same specification, the competition is very close!