MESSAGE FROM CLERK OF COURSE

Welcome to another Monaro Stages, and a forest that hasn’t been used for a while. After disappointment of cancellation last year and the continuing COVID lockdowns, and having to write a completely new roadbook in August – we are excited to bring you an event that we are sure you’ll enjoy . Recently we were approached by the ARC to have an ARC component and I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the ARC officials and competitors.

The Light Car Club and organising team wanted to remove the extra factors that hinder rallying and showcase our roads and event structure, and promote club level rallying. Towards that end, we are running the ARC component as essentially a different event with a different set of competition conditions and an itinerary designed to fit within the existing event.

The roads are in excellent condition, with 205km competitive with 71km liaison, using a mixture of CAT4 forestry roads with tight and technical side sections incorporated to give a wide variety of road types and surfaces, over ten stages, two being night. The ARC component is set as a sprint event having eight daylight stages over a distance of 153km competitive and 58km liaison.

We have been welcomed by Brian, who runs Bondi Forest Lodge, which will be our base, Rally HQ and Service Park for the event all within 200-300 metres of each other.  The lodge itself sleeps up to 72 people with a central amenities block with showers and toilets. Accommodation also includes a fantastic grassed area for camping and availability for camping trailers and vans. The accommodation blocks (3) each have their own kitchens and wood burning heaters for crews to use. Additionally, there is a main mess hall. We also have access to our own private lake for those interested in a spot of fishing.

Service crews will be well catered for with our service park a hop, step and jump from the Lodge and all facilities close at hand.

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 catering for the event, with Jindabyne Brewing and Wildbrumby Schnapps coming on board to help with the celebrations. I’m sure yarns around a fire-drum will be well received and will top off the great event we have planned.  Camping and Lodge accommodation is encouraged to encompass the atmosphere.

Our thanks again to Andrew & Georgina from Kosciuszko Automotive for their sponsorship and support for the Monaro Stages. We greatly appreciate their support, now going into its 5th year with the event. We also welcome onboard Jindabyne Brewing and welcome back wonderful sponsors, Lazer Lamps and Wildbrumby Schnapps.  Skymesh Pty Ltd have provided Rally HQ with satellite NBN internet connection for our communications and to keep our crews safe. We are very grateful for their support.

With the addition of the ARC, Hoosier Tyres have offered $1400 worth of tyres for one lucky crew to be drawn during the evening. Please see the signage requirements in our Sup Regs.

The prize is fully transferable, so if you don’t need tyres……..pass them on.  (Actually, I could do with a set)

Looking forward to seeing you all at the event.

Regards

Dave Ballard

Clerk of Course


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