Welcome to the second running of the Adelaide Hills Rally, promoted by Ultimate Motorsport Events.
Once again, the aim of this year’s event is to bring “Rally” back to the public. To do this we have located the Service Park in the centre of Mt Barker at the local Showgrounds/Main Oval. The Service Park will be on the oval so we can light up the area on Saturday night after the Super Special Stage. We have again partnered with Hills Radio 88.9FM to broadcast from the Scrutineering/Ceremonial Start and from the service park. We hope that crews will be generous with their time when they are asked to be interviewed.
This year we have added a Ceremonial Start to the Street Party on the Thursday night. We are closing off the entire main street of Mt Barker to host the promotional Scrutineering/Ceremonial Start for 1800hrs. ARC crews we be required to attend Scrutineering and then park their cars for the public to browse through while signing posters at the drivers signing sessions at their allocated time. The Ceremonial Start will then begin at 2000hrs. This year the local SARC/Clubman and Intro competitors will have their scrutineering day on Sunday 15th September at RAA on Richmond Road Adelaide, but are still required to attend the Street Party and Ceremonial start on the Thursday evening.
Friday will see the teams based out of The Bend Motorsport Park. There will be a short testing session before we move into Shakedown and Media Rides. At 1500hrs we move over to the Stadium Track where we will host the first Adelaide Hills Rally Karting challenge where the ARC drivers will be matched with either a sponsor or a media representative in an enduro style karting race. Following the AHR Karting Challenge we will then move into recce for the best Super Special Stage run in Australia.
This year the Super Special Stage has been moved to the Saturday evening so it is more accessible for the general public to come and enjoy. Once again, two cars will be match raced off against each other twice to see who will finish on the top step for Heat 1 of the AHR. There is the addition of a separate AHR Stadium Rallysprint event at the Super Special Stage venue this year were competition will start from 1700hrs. Competitors will get one run before the ARC crew arrive, then one run between the 2 Super Special Stages and then 2 runs after the ARC competitors have finished.
General admission and Corporate tickets to the Super Special Stage on Saturday evening can be bought at Outix, www.outix.com.au .
Saturday we also have 2 new stages that we are very excited about along with some revamped stages on Sunday and the return of an old favourite. We think the roads this year are even more challenging and exciting than last year and we hope you enjoy them as much as we have selecting them.
Sunday we are lucky enough to run the Mawson Row stage again twice, (reverse direction this year) and spectators are encouraged to spectate from Anderson Hill Winery where brunch and then lunch will be supplied in the ticket price of $60 a head. The Anderson family has once again thrown open their winery for us to use as a spectacular place to enjoy the rally from. Great food and wine and a lot of rally action is the order of the day with live music and guest speakers.