The forests will be alive to the sound of newcomers to rallying this September, when the RallySafe Introductory Rally takes to the stages of Lightforce Rally SA.
The RallySafe Introductory Rally provides newcomers to the sport a unique opportunity to compete on the same stages as the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship® competitors. People with an interest in rallying can ‘come and try’ in a controlled environment away from public roads.
Run on Sunday 11 September during the final leg of the 2016 Lightforce Rally SA, competitors will get four hours of competition, and as part of the RallySafe partnership get access to the same advanced safety equipment as leading competitors.
New competitors can try rallying for minimum cost, with entry open to road cars without roll cages, and competitors timed to the minute in a relatively relaxed introduction to the sport.
2016 marks the second year of the Introductory Rally, continuing under the naming rights sponsorship of Australian motorsport safety company RallySafe.
Designed in Australia, RallySafe is an innovative system that provides event organisers with real time statistics on the position of competing cars, allowing rapid response to accidents. This data is transmitted to following cars, and impacts are measured, providing a more coordinated impact response.
RallySafe Managing Director Stephen Sims was enthusiastic about the partnership. “RallySafe is all about making the sport of rallying safer with our innovative technology. We are pleased to support Lightforce Rally SA competitors trying the sport out as newcomers, or returnees, by providing our proven tracking units free of charge. At RallySafe everyone’s safety matters, just as it does at Lightforce Rally SA” said Stephen.
Lightforce Rally SA Clerk of Course Ivar Stanelis was encouraged by the 2015 event. “We had a great turnout for the first RallySafe Introductory Rally last year, and we’re excited that RallySafe have chosen to support this concept again. We look forward to welcoming a range of competitors, new and old, back to the RallySafe Introductory Rally this September.”
The 2015 RallySafe Introductory Rally was warmly welcomed by the South Australian rallying community. It saw a range of competitors new to the sport, as well as those returning after several years on the sidelines, with 2016 expected to be bigger and better.