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Bumper field lining up for the AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay

By News, Rally of the Bay 2020

Over 80 entries have so far been received for the 2020 AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay, just two days after entries were officially opened by the Eurobodalla Shire Council Mayor, Liz Innes.

The event has a maximum field of 90 and with many outright contenders on the list, the rally is going to be a spectacular opening to the rally season for 2020.

With the COVID-19 Pandemic forcing event organisers to cancel their events earlier in the season, the AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay will be the first opportunity rally teams will have to get their cars back into the forest.

The rally is the first round of the MTA NSW Rally Championship and the ACT Regional Rally Series, however there are also many Australian Rally Championship teams using the event as a test before their first championship round gets underway later in the year.

The list of outright contenders is headed by the Factory Toyota team of brothers and team-mates Harry and Lewis Bates in a Toyota Yaris AP4.

Nathan Quinn is a former Australian Rally Champion and the 2019 East Coast Classic Rally Series winner. He will be lining up to take on the Toyota Team in a Lancer EVO 10 and with his recent win at the Alpine Rally late last year, he is one of the favourites to win.

Another contender for outright victory is Richie Dalton and Dale Moscatt in a Ford Fiesta G4. The pairing from Sydney have won the event for the past two years and are looking to make it three in a row.

In the MTA NSW Rally Championship, Tom Clarke and Ryan Preston in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO are favourites, but they will have last years two-wheel drive champions, Tony Sullens and Kaylie Newell snapping at their heels in a Citroen DS3.

Darren Windus at Last Years Rally of the Bay
The Activ Rallysport Team from Melbourne is sending a contingent of drivers including JJ Hatton and Troy Dowell, both driving Hyundai i20 G4’s. They will be joined by father and son Darren and Arron Windus, who will both be driving in Subaru WRX’s.

Classic rally fans are also in for a treat with the welcome return of Tom Dermody in a Ford Escort RS1800, Clay Badenoch in a Toyota Celica RA40 and Mal Keough in an Audi Quattro S1 set to headline the East Coast Classic Rally Series.

The 2020 AMH Automotive Group Rally of the Bay will take place in the Forests surrounding Batemans Bay on the NSW South Coast on the 4th of July. A full unseeded list of the current teams entered follows.

1 Taylor Gill / Peter Harris – Subaru WRX 1999
2 Bethany Cullen / Mel Mcminn – Mitsubishi Evolution 6.5
3 Tony Sullens / Kaylie Newell – Citroen DS3
4 Graham Wallis / Brian Ward – Peugeot 309 GTI
5 Mitch Garrad / Taylah Murphy – Hyundai Excel
6 Chris Higgs / Daymon Nicoli – Mitsubishi Evo 6
7 Michael Stewart / Matthew Portus – Subaru WRX STI
8 Riley Walters / Jeffery Williamson – Subaru WRX
9 Adrian Stratford / Kain Manning – Ford Fiesta
10 Andrew Carrigan / Larisa Biggar – Mitsubishi Magna
11 Arron Windus / Arron Windus – Subaru Wrx Sti Gc8
12 Ben Vanzyl / Nadine Bucher – Hyundai Excel
13 Michael Ward / John Fraser – Toyota Corolla TE37 Levin
14 Brian O Neill / TBA – Ford Escort 1978
15 Chris Stilling / TBA – Datsun Stanza
16 Brian Newton / Ryan Price – Honda EG6
17 Tristan Carrigan / Neill Woolley – Alfa Romeo 147
18 Craig Jarvie / Aidan O’halloran – Holden Commodore
19 JJ Hatton / Nathan Long – Hyundai i20
20 Phil Thomas / Phil Thomas – Ford Escort Mk2
21 Mark Wills / Kam Baker – Subaru WRX STI
22 Matthew Ruggles / Matthew Ruggles – Triumph TR7 V8
23 Clay Badenoch / TBA – Toyota RA40
24 Andrew Penny / Rhys Llewylln – Subaru Impreza
25 Nathan Quinn / Ray Winwood-Smith – Mitsubishi EVO X
26 Troy Dowel / Bernie Webb – Hyundai I20
27 Veronica Stack / Jason Browne – Hyundai Getz
28 Mal Keough / Andrew (Pip) Bennett – Audi Quattro S1
29 Tim Joass / Peter Joass – Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2
30 Paul Brennan / Paul Bailey – Subaru Legacy RS
31 Ron Moore / Jo Moore – Mitsubishi Evolution VI
32 Charlie Drake / Lachlan Drake – Mitsubishi EVO
33 Dean Mullen / Paddy Kelly – Hyundai Excel
34 Ryan Williams / Brad Jones – Mitsubishi Mirage
35 Ron Mckinnon / Steve Mckinnon – Lancer LA
36 Joel Wald / Tony Robinson – Datsun Stanza
37 Harry Bates / John Mccarthy – Toyota Yaris AP4
38 Lewis Bates / Anthony Mcloughlin – Toyota Yaris AP4
39 Robert Burke / Matthew Burke – Toyota AE71 Corolla
40 James Price / TBA – Ford Escort MKII
41 Michael Curtin / Pierce Lennon – Datsun 1600
42 Peter Dimmock / Leigh Brimson-Pierce – Ford Fiesta
43 Richie Dalton / Dale Moscatt – Ford Fiesta G4
44 Stuart Collison / Lance Arundel – Subaru WRX STI
45 Thomas Dermody / Eoin Moynihan – Ford RS 1800 Escort
46 Darren Windus / Joe Brick – Subaru WRX
47 David Stephens / Lynda Leigh – Subaru WRX
48 TBA / TBA – Hyundai Excel
49 Sean Mc Aloon / Sean Mc Aloon – Escort Ford
50 Peter Thompson / Ken Hind – Toyota Celica RA23
51 Jake Bramble / TBA – Datsun 1600 1968
52 Terry Gunter / Stephen Newell – Ford Escort Mk2
53 Tom Clarke / Ryan Preston – Mitsubishi Evo 9
54 Brett Wright / Rob Edwards – Datsun Bluebird
55 Russell Dixon / Jack Dixon – Subaru Liberty
56 John Sparkes / Nigel Walters – Nissan Silvia
57 Clayton Hoy / TBA – Mitsubishi Evo 6
58 Joshua Hilton / Rodney Vanderpoel – Toyota Corolla
59 Richard Carter / TBA – Datsun Stanza
60 Aaron Casmiri / Sam Hill – Mitsubishi Mirage
61 Geoffrey Holloway / Richard (Rick) Hood – Hyundai Excel
62 Marco Jansen / Cameron Mcintosh – Vw Polo
63 Richard Houghton / Andrew Houghton – Subaru Wrx Sti
64 Timothy Reynolds / Lachlan Reynolds – Datsun 180B
65 Nicola Testa / TBA – Nissan 240RS
66 Nick Seymour / Ogi Jovanovic – Ford Fiesta
67 Chris Giddins / Katie Giddins – Mitsubishi Evo IX
68 Mark Fitton / Carol Fitton – Holden Commodore
69 Dennis Stanford / Timothy Woods – Nissan Stanza
70 Hilary Evans / TBA – Datsun SSS 1600
71 Chris Vanzyl / Michelle Chard – Hyundai Excel
72 Simon Jamieson / Luke Jamieson – Mitsubishi Evo 7
73 Mick Patton / TBA – Mitsubshi Evo 10
74 Michael Valantine / Timothy Valantine – Datsun 1600
75 Peter Ewing / Anna Ritson – Volvo 240
76 Mike Behnke / Ellie Yates – Honda Civic
77 Luke Anear / Andy Sarandis – Ford Fiesta
78 Katrina Dunn / Peter Dunn – Subaru Sti Spec C S204
79 Richard Knight / Russell Hannah – Datsun 510
80 Gavin Croker / Brad Fitzgerald – Mitsubsihi Evo 3
81 Stewart Reid / Jennifer Cole – Ford Escort Mk2

 

For more information, please contact:
John McCredie – Media and Public Relations Manager on 0413 042 763 or email john.mccredie@ohmgroup.com.au
Brett Middleton – Club President on 0408 261 043 or email president@nsscc.com.au

SHOPPING CENTRE AND RESORT TO PARTNER WITH RALLY OF THE BAY

By News, Rally of the Bay 2020

The Coachhouse Marina Resort has again renewed its support for the North Shore Sporting Car Clubs, AMH Rally of the Bay. Joining them in 2020 is the Village Centre and Bridge Plaza shopping centres, located a short walking distance from the traditional start line for the exciting motorsport event.

In announcing the partnerships, North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC) President Brett Middleton said “We’re glad to have the Coachhouse back on board as one of our major partners this year. They are a great supporter, and they provide affordable and comfortable accommodation for the vast majority of rally teams that attend and compete in the event.”

“It’s also really great to welcome the Village Centre and Bridge Plaza shopping centres as a new major partner. The two shopping centres are an essential part of the rally. Most teams will shop locally for their supplies, rather than bring it with them, so having forged this relationship is just more good news for the rally and also the Batemans Bay and local community” added Middleton.

The rally of the Bay Event Manager, Nigel Bland expects up to 100 rally teams to descend on the Batemans Bay township on the first weekend in July.

“It’s fantastic to have these two local businesses on-board” said Bland. “The Coachhouse Marina Resort has been a great venue for us to base our rally headquarters over the past few years and we’re really looking forward to their great hospitality again this year. It’s also great to have the Village Centre and Bridge Plaza supporting the event. We know our event will bring a much-needed boost to the local Batemans Bay economy and we’ll be encouraging them to spend locally”

“This will be the first Rally to take place in a post COVID-19 restricted world” said Bland. “We’re expecting a bigger turnout than normal as the rally is turning into a great test run for teams looking to participate in the Australian Rally Championship later in the year. And whilst our event isn’t part of that series, we’ve had plenty of interest from the top level of the sport” added Bland.

The 2020 Rally of the Bay forms part of the MTA NSW Rally Championship, East Coast Classic Rally Series, NSW Clubman Rally Series, Hyundai Rally Series and the ACT Regional Rally Series.

About the Village Centre and Bridge Plaza shopping Centres

The Village Centre and Bridge Plaza shopping centres in Batemans Bay feature Coles, Kmart, Woolworths and Aldi plus over 50 great specialty stores. The shopping centres feature wonderful fashion, delicious food and an upbeat atmosphere delightfully located in the heart of beautiful Batemans Bay. Undercover parking and easy access from the Princes Highway make shopping a breeze.

About the Coachhouse Marina Resort

The Coachhouse Marina Resort is a beautiful resort style property overlooking the ocean and tidal lagoon. The Batemans Bay holiday villas are perfect for accommodating families, corporate travellers, groups, conferences, weddings, special events or even for longer stays.

All 89 villas offer full kitchen facilities including oven and microwave plus full fridge, lounge/dining room and a veranda with outdoor setting. For people looking for extra luxury, the resort also has a range of waterfront villas with ocean views, spas and private BBQ. Corrigan’s swimming beach is just a few minutes stroll away and boat enthusiasts and fisherman benefit from direct access to the boat ramp through the rear of the resort.

The Catalina championship 27-hole golf course and 7-day a week bistro is conveniently located directly across the road. The town centre of Batemans Bay is only a 15-minute harbour side walk away or just a two minute drive. The Coachhouse Marina Resort has a 16-metre swimming pool with separate wading pool, full sized tennis court, children’s playground and gaming area.

About North Shore Sporting Car Club

The North Shore Sporting Car Club was created in December 1952 by a small band of die-hard rally fans. 68 years later and the club has grown from this small group to over 500 members. We are responsible for organising 10 events per year, covering dirt, tarmac and other timed rally-type events. Club members are from all over Sydney and beyond with a myriad of cars in varying shapes and sizes. One common theme, however, is the passion of the members and the legacy of club.

GFB CONTINUES TARMAC RALLYSPRINT SUPPORT

By News, Rallysprint, Twilight Rallysprint

GFB (Go-Fast-Bits) has again renewed its support of the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint for the 2020/2021 season. Announcing the deal, North Short Sporting Car Club President said “GFB supported us with the introduction of the Junior Development Program and that was a huge success to mentor the next generation of rally drivers and co-drivers.

We had a line-up of juniors at each round driving a Hyundai i30 hot hatch supplied by Hyundai N-Performance. GFB were instrumental in getting this program off the ground and will continue their support this coming season. We’re still finalising the details of the Junior Development program, but it’s great to know we have GFB’s support from the onset.” continued Middleton.

Middleton added, “We want the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint to be the best rally event in the country and without Partners like GFB that wouldn’t be possible.”

In addition to their support of the Rallysprint Series, GFB will also be the naming rights partner for the Clubs Junior Khanacross series. The Khanacross series has temporarily been put on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions, but updated details will be released as restrictions ease and in line with Government policies. Dates for the Khanacross series are on the Clubs website and Facebook page.

GFB products are proudly made in Australia to the highest standards. Their range of innovative and high-quality products include diverter/ blow-off valves, boost controllers, wastegates, fuel pressure regulators, pulley kits, short shifters and other performance components. Their products are meticulously designed and manufactured in Australia from the highest-grade materials and deliver real performance outcomes, without making the car difficult as a daily driver. GFB has a team of dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate individuals who are regular competitors at the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series and make the GFB name what it is today.

The 2020/2021 Summer Series of the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint will once again comprise of five exciting rounds starting in October. The series is open to both experienced rally drivers through to novice and first-time competitors.

DATES FOR THE 2019/2020 SEASON
Round 1 – Thursday 8th October 2020
Round 2 – Tuesday 17th November 2020
Round 3 – Thursday 10th December 2020
Round 4 – Thursday 11th February 2021
Round 5 – Thursday 11th March 2021

TARMAC RALLYSPRINT ATTRACTS NEW PARTNERS

By News, Twilight Rallysprint

The 2019/2020 Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series, run over the summer months at the Sydney International Dragway, has again attracted strong interest from both competitors and businesses.

Many of the partners from previous years have once again thrown their support behind the event, but also new brands are getting involved in the events organised by the North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC).

NSSCC President Brett Middleton said “We’re working very hard to make the series the best value motorsport event in New South Wales. Each year we talk to automotive and motorsport businesses and overwhelmingly they want to be a part of it.”

“This season we have many of our previous partners back, but we also have some new names like Haltech, Auto One and Meguiars coming on-board”


The 2019/2020 Summer Series of the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint is open to both experienced rally drivers through to novice and first-time competitors.

The event is 100% asphalt, on private roads within Sydney Dragway precinct. To compete at the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series, entrants need to be over 14 years old. No drivers licence or vehicle rego is needed.

DATES FOR 2019/2020 SEASON
Round 1: Thursday 17th October 2019
Round 2: Tuesday 19th November 2019
Round 3: Thursday 5th December 2019
Round 4: Thursday 13th February 2020
Round 5: Thursday 12th March 2020