Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Andrew Barr has welcomed the international and national rally community at this morning’s National Capital Rally corporate ride session.
Chief Minister Barr says that staging the event so close to the city centre is unique and a great model for other events.
“It’s good that we can have a venue like this, so close to the CBD, close to the airport; it really facilitates the smooth running of the event which from a event organisers perspective is very important too.
“Canberra as a location for a major rally event has stood up really well over a number of years.”
Chief Minister Barr also said that the event is beneficial for the city.
“Our past experience with this event is that is has had a considerable economic impact for hosting the Asia Pacific Rally Championship.”
Current Australian Rally Champion Molly Taylor took the Chief Minister on a very quick circuit of a stage out at Kowan Forest this morning.
Of his ride, Chief Minister Barr said: “Certainly my ride home from here is going to seem a lot more sedate!”
The National Capital Rally has been working closely with the ACT Government to ensure the event has been able to occur including the provision of a grant and in-kind support through forestry ACT.
A high-quality field of 49 entries will compete in the National Capital Rally, round two of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, round three of CAMS Australian Rally Championship, and a round of the NSW Rally Championship and the ACT Regional Rally Series.
The National Capital Rally kicks off today at 6pm with a ceremonial start at Burbury Close, Barton. Heats one and two will take place on Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May respectively.