THE Oberon area saw rally cars for the third time this year at the running of the Australian Motor Sport Action Group (AMSAG) Black Springs Rallysprint on November 21.
(min cost $8)
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This was round two of the 2020 Midstate Freight Rallysprint Series.
Rallysprints are a shortened form of rallies. This event consisted of three competitive stages, each run twice, for a total distance of 80 kilometres.
Stages are often run more than once in full-length rallies, but in rallysprints, only a competitor's fastest time for each stage counts towards the final result.
Timing, car specifications and categories, safety measures and competitor licensing requirements are the same as for longer events.
As is traditional for the area, rally headquarters was in the Black Springs Community Hall and the service area was in the Avoca Pioneer Park across the road.
The rally used three parts of Vulcan State Forest - Ponderosa Road/Staceys Road (north of Riverview Forest Road), Wombat Road area (south of Riverview) and Beemerang (south of Campbells River Road).
The Beemerang stages were introduced to rallying this year.
There were 37 starters, of whom 12 retired during the event. Most retirements were for mechanical reasons, which might indicate that drivers were trying too hard given the short length of the rally.
One very inexperienced crew had some navigation problems and another newcomer punctured all their spare tyres.
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