With the impact of the major bushfires and COVID19 in the Snowy Region, we made the decision to explore and run on new roads for the 2020 event, with the help of Forestry NSW. Maps and roads were provided, and Dave has outdone himself, plotting a fantastic course consisting of 199klms of competitive stages with only 136klms in transport.
The roads are in excellent condition, with a mixture of CAT4 forestry roads with tight and technical side sections incorporated, to give a wide variety of road types and surfaces. I promise you will not be disappointed.
Moving the event solely to the forest, to protect our shire road residents from COVID19, has enabled us to open the event to pacenotes. This has been hard to accomplish in the past due to shire road restrictions, but we are confident that the new forestry roads have the rhythm and smoothness of some of your favourite shire roads.
The pacenote OPTION is available to eligible Series competitors (NSWRC, ECCRS and ACT Series) but is not mandatory. Clubman and HRS need to run on roadbook (Blind event) to be eligible for their Series points. As per Rally NSW conditions, an extensive roadbook will be provided to all competitors whether running pacenotes or blind. All Series outright/category positions and point scores will be determined at the end of the pacenote section, which will be 10 stages.
There will be an additional 2 stages for roadbook only competitors. The positions at the end of the additional stages will have no bearing on Series positions or point scores, but will determine the overall winner of the host event.
We are also providing an Introductory Rally which will be roadbooked and consists of 4 stages and total 88klms competitive.
We have been welcomed by Brian, who runs Bondi Forest Lodge, which will be our Rally HQ for the event. The lodge sleeps up to 72 people, has showers and toilets and a fantastic grassed area for camping. It also has kitchens and lovely wood burning heaters for crews to use, and a main mess hall. Our service park will be a hop, step and jump from the Lodge.
This year we have decided to forgo our presentation and replace it with a celebration of the event. Provisional results will be handed out at the conclusion of the event. The Lions Club of Bombala will be providing food, with Jindabyne Brewing and Wildbrumby Schnapps coming on board to help with the celebrations. I’m sure yarns around a firedrum will be well received and will top off the great event we have planned.
This year, the 2019 Monaro Stages was nominated by the Snowy Monaro Regional Council for an award in the 2019 Australia Day Awards, for best local event – the award bearing testimony to the club, organising committee and the team that puts this event together.
Our thanks again to Andrew & Georgina from Kosciuszko Automotive for their sponsorship and support for the Monaro Stages. We greatly appreciate their support over the past 4 years. This year we welcome onboard Jindabyne Brewing and welcome back wonderful sponsors, Lazer Lamps and Wildbrumby Schnapps.
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