OBERON will host a round of the NSW Rally Championship this weekend for the third successive year.
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Based again at the Oberon Leagues Club, The Midstate Freight Caves Classic Rally will be run this Saturday, October 10.
It will be round two of the MTA NSW Rally Championship, the East Coast Classic Rally Series and the NSW Clubman and Hyundai Series.
North Shore Sporting Car Club is again promising a challenging time for competitors, but in a break from tradition, this year all stages will be run in the forests around Oberon.
There will be nine competitive stages (one run once, four run twice, with the last two stages in Lowes Mount, Essington and Vulcan state forests). As in the past, the service park and rally headquarters will be at the Leagues Club.
Unfortunately, the nature of rallying makes it difficult to control spectator numbers and satisfy the regulations about the sizes of groups, so there will be no official spectator points.
The rallies which have been run since the COVID-19 restrictions on sporting events were lifted have attracted full fields of competitors eager to get back on the dirt roads, so a full field of 70 cars is expected.
With a minimum of four people per car (two in the car, two service crew), plus the many officials, the event will bring in well over 300 visitors to the town.
All the roads are in excellent condition and competitors can look forward to an enjoyable time driving on some of the best rallying roads in the country.
"This is the first rally in NSW organised since restrictions were tightened following the second wave of the virus," event director Jon Thomson said.
"We could have easily just cancelled our event and waited until next year, but we felt we owed it to the rally community to get an event up and running as soon as we could."
The event was originally planned to be conducted in September, however, further restrictions were introduced by the NSW Government and the event was postponed to October.
"Since moving the date of the event, Oberon has had storms, rain and snow. Overall, the roads are in fantastic condition," Mr Thomson said.
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