Canberra calling for rally starved crews

Less than a month remains until the Netier National Capital Rally takes place with the first ever RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Cup up for grabs and high profile entries are flying in.

Recent news highlighting the potential reopening of the border between Victoria and New South Wales promises even more entries to come, the stage is set for a huge outing.

The excitement surrounding the rally has been dramatically increasing over the past few months and with 30 crews having already booked their place, some of whom will also be fighting it out as part of the Hoosier Challenge, it’s going to be an entertaining spectacle.

Making the event even more special is the quality of crews entered with a number of RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC) stars are locked in, most of whom will be itching to compete on the national stage.

No doubt the biggest names on the 30-car entry list are 2019 ARC champions Harry Bates and John McCarthy, but another huge drawcard is 2016 champion Molly Taylor.

Bates and Taylor aren’t the only big names confirmed to compete in the 16 stage rally with Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis, Lewis Bates and Anthony McLoughlin, Chris Higgs and Daymon Nicoli and JJ Hatton alongside Nathan Long all lining up.

As fo Higgs and Nicoli, the Mitsubishi Evo 6 pilots are among the list of crews geared up for the Hoosier Challenge, where they will be fighting out for a free ticket to an ARC round of their choosing next year.

The duo will be fighting for Hoosier Challenge honours with the likes of young up and coming driver Taylor Gill and his co-driver Peter Harris, as well as Queensland rally star Clayton Hoy and co-driver, Erin Kelly.

While the crews above will be tearing it up across the 181 competitive kilometres, there will also be a number of entries with one eye on the MTA Motorsport Australia New South Wales Rally Championship, which holds its season finale of the reduced 2020 season at the event.

The three crews battling out for the state honours include current championship leader Tom Clarke and co-driver Ryan Preston, Midstate Freight Caves Classic Rally winners Tony Sullens and Kaylie Rose-Newell and Mal Keough who has a new co-driver in Pip Bennett for the rally.

Other notable crews to have already entered the rally consist of Brendan Reeves and Kate Catford, Troy Dowell and Bernie Webb, as well as ARC regulars Andrew Penny and Rhys Llewellyn.

Entries for the Netier Capital Rally remain open until 6pm AEDT on Friday 11 November.

The RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Cup and Netier National Capital Rally takes place on 28-29 November in and around the Cotter Forest in Canberra.

Entry list to date
Bethany Cullen and Mel McMinn
Andrew Penny and Rhys Llewellyn
Robert Gorst and Wesley Gorst
Tom Clarke and Ryan Preston
Stuart Collison and Lance Arundel
Taylor Gill and Peter Harris
Richard Galley and John Andreatidis
Darkie Barr Smith and Jono Forrest
Terry Gunter and Stephen Newell
Sean Casey and Peter Stringfellow
Declan Foley and Ken Murphy
Chris Giddins and Katie Giddins
Chris Higgs and Daymon Nicoli
Mike Behnke and Ellie Yates
Molly Taylor and TBC
Thomas Monaghan and Alan Stephensen
Luke Anear and Andy Sarandis
Brian O Neill and Mac Kierans
Lewis Bates and Anthony McLoughlin
Harry Bates and John McCarthy
Mal Keough and Pip Bennett
Sean Mc aloon and Muireann Hayes
Rob Bishop and Jacci Sharkey
Justin Northage and Ray Priest
Ian Griffin and Liam Bainton
Clayton Hoy and Erin Kelly
JJ Hatton and Nathan Long
Troy Dowel and Bernie Webb
Brendan Reeves and Kate Catford
Tony Sullens and Kaylie Rose-Newell