Special Inveresk to open Rally Tasmania

Australia’s best rally action will land on Launceston’s doorstep this Friday night when Subaru Rally Tasmania kicks off with a fast and furious Super Special Stage at Inveresk.

Thirty-five competitors will pilot their rally cars around an 820-metre bitumen course at the Inveresk Roundhouse, racing against the clock to grab the fastest time and an early lead in the three-day event.

Event Manager Graham Malcolm said there will be something for everyone out at the Inveresk Super Special Stage.

“It’ll be great spectating,” Malcolm said.

“It’s under lights and it’s circular with spectating in the middle allowing fans to see the whole stage.

“There is also a levy bank about four or five metres above road hight which allows you to look down on the stage so it will be a great view.”

Malcolm said the Mayor will be on hand to flag away the first car at 6pm and there will be food trucks, music and plenty of displays to keep everyone entertained.

“The public will have access to the staging area in the lead up to the Super Special Stage start so spectators will be able to mingle in amongst the cars and drivers.

“There will also be a ‘show and shine’ from 4:30pm, with a myriad of all sorts of cars, old classic rally cars, new modern cars and also some muscle cars.”

Subaru Rally Tasmania, round four of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) will see crews enjoy more than 240 kilometres of competition over two days in the forests surrounding Launceston.

Saturday’s heat will see competitors test themselves on the fast and flowing roads in the Diddleum Plains area before tackling the slow, tight and technical sections in the Sideling Range and Lisle State Forest.

On Sunday, competition will move to the north of Launceston and the Retreat Forest, which is known for its fast and open forestry roads.

The final stage returns to the Lisle State Forest, which will also be the longest and most demanding in the event.