Heavy rain forces cancellation of final ARC event

Motorsport Australia is disappointed to confirm the Kosciuszko Automotive Monaro Sprint Rally has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Forecast rain and recent weather means Forestry NSW was forced to withdraw the event’s permit due to potential damage to roads and the significant costs of any repairs, as well as the safety of all competitors and teams.

Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith said the cancellation meant no RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship would be awarded in 2021.

“This is a devastating outcome for everyone involved after a difficult year,” Smith said.

“We understand the reasons for the decision as heart-breaking as it may be. We thank everyone involved in the ARC and trying to make this event a reality, from teams and competitors, our loyal partners and of course our outstanding officials.

“The event organisers did a fantastic job in making this event a round of the ARC and we are very grateful for their co-operation and time.”

Given this news, Motorsport Australia will instead award a series of Cups to competitors based on results for the two ARC events that were able to be held this year.

“With only two official rounds able to be held in 2021, it’s not feasible to award a Championship,” Smith added.

“We’ll still recognise the outstanding efforts of our competitors across the various classes this year with a series of Cups.”

The 2022 RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship calendar features seven rounds, with the next event to take place in Canberra, with the Netier National Capital Rally on 1-3 April.