Tasmania’s return to the CAMS Australian Rally Championship continues to progress, with the release of key documentation, including the Event Guide and Supplementary Regulations. Following the release of these documents, the organising committee of Subaru Rally Tasmania are pleased to announce that entries for competing teams are now open.
The CAMS Australian Rally Championship will reach its midpoint this weekend at the Netier National Capital Rally, before migrating south to Tasmania for the fourth round. With two different winners from the first two rounds, Subaru Rally Tasmania will provide key battle ground in the championship fight.
"Harry Bates' new Toyota Yaris AP4 has been very quick this year, whilst Eli Evans has now got arguably the quickest rally car in the country with the international specification Skoda Fabia R5. Both are fantastic competitors and we look forward to seeing them both in Tasmania." said Clerk of Course Graham Malcolm.
"There is quality throughout the ARC field, and we expect Molly Taylor and the Subaru Do Motorsport team to provide a great contest to those two winners, as will fellow Subaru driver Steve Glenney. We also look forward to former Tasmanian Rally Champions Marcus Walkem (Peugeot 208 AP4) and Eddie Maguire (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) mixing it with Australia's best rally teams on home soil."
Subaru Rally Tasmania have also released shipping details for the event, with SeaRoad Holdings supporting the event by providing shipping to interstate teams. It is envisaged that freight costs will be approximately half of the expected ticket fare for the Spirit of Tasmania, a substantial saving for competing teams.
“One of the main queries interstate competitors have had is the cost of bringing transporters and trailers to Tasmania.”
“Being an island state, competitors can opt to freight their vehicles to Tasmania or drive it onto the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. We recognise that this can be an impediment for some crews with the current costs of sea transport, and we have been conscious in providing an easier solution for all of our interstate based teams. SeaRoad Holdings have been very generous in their support of Subaru Rally Tasmania in offering interstate competitors a reduced shipping rate. All competitors need to do is to book their shipping through the www.rallytas.com.au website and the Subaru Rally Tasmania team will liaise with SeaRoad.”
Subaru Australia has been announced as the new naming rights partner of Rally Tasmania, round four of the 2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC).
The Tasmanian rally returns to the ARC after a seven-year absence, with it last running in 2010 as a tarmac rally.
The new partnership enhances Subaru Australia and Tasmanian motor sport’s already strong relationship, with Rally Tasmania’s clerk of course Graham Malcolm excited with the news.
“It’s great to announce that Subaru Australia have signed as the naming rights sponsor of Rally Tasmania,” Malcolm said.
“We are very excited to partner with a brand that has such a strong heritage in rallying, but also a strong presence in the Tasmanian car market.”
The Tasmanian and Subaru partnership includes local Subaru dealer Buckby Motors’ involvement with both the Australian Targa and Tasmanian Rally Championships, as well as Tasmanian based Les Walkden Rallying’s preparation of Subaru Do Motorsport,
“Tasmania has been very lucky to host Molly Taylor and the Subaru Do Motorsport team for the past two years, as she has entered local rally events and conducted her testing and development within the state,” Malcolm added.
Subaru Australia were also the naming rights sponsor of Tasmania’s last gravel rally in the CAMS Australian Rally Championship, the Southern Safari, from 2002 to its final year in 2006.
The Subaru Rally Tasmania will be run on 27 – 29 July with drivers to compete on closed forest roads surrounding the city of Launceston.