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NSSCC Bathurst Rally Announcement

By Bathurst Rally, News, Rally, Rally of the Bay 2023, Rally of the Bay 2024

Photo by Roy Meuronen

To the rally community of NSW

The committee of the North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC) today confirms that it is pleased to offer its support to the running of the Bathurst Rally in 2025.

The announcement of the 2024 event in November last year did not allow sufficient time for NSSCC to establish an organising team with sufficient lead time to ensure the successful running of the event.

A proposed replacement date of November 9 was discussed at a committee level, which has determined that NSSCC’s own commitments at that time of year, along with the unavailability of key senior figures, precludes the club from guaranteeing that the quality of the rally can be run to its standards.

NSSCC stands ready to offer support and advice to rally organisers in 2024, though any financial support will be reserved for a 2025 event in April or May.

Quinn Dominates the 2023 Bathurst Rally

By Bathurst Rally, News, Rally, Rally of the Bay 2023

Photo: Roy Meuronen Photography

The 2023 Midstate Bathurst Rally was held on Saturday the 23rd of September and was the first time in many years that a rally has been based out of the heart of Bathurst. With 11 stages in the Blayney and Bathurst locality, the roads were a mixture of shire, country and forestry, providing a real mixture of surfaces and conditions.

The rally started in the main street of Bathurst and the main midday service was also held there, providing a great spectacle for locals in Russell Street, right outside the courthouse.

The event format was a little different too, with two remote services. The first in the historic town of Carcoar, south of Blayney allowed service crews the opportunity to get out and see the action with a spectator point located just 600m from the Service Park.

Nathan Quinn and Ray Winwood-Smith took the first stage win and went on to win every stage in the event, taking the overall win in the rally by just over 2 minutes and 40 seconds. They dominated all day and showed no signs of slowing down, despite the huge margin.

Josh Redhead and Holly Kilbride in an older Lancer GSR were the only challenger to Quinn, they finished second but couldn’t quite match the pace of Quinns Hyundai i20.
The fight for third place on the podium was a real battle between Richie Dalton/Dale Moscatt in the Toyota Yaris AP4 and current championship leader Timothy Wilkins/Katie Giddins in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO. The margin between the two was just 11 seconds at the final time control with Dalton taking 3rd.

Unfortunately for Wilkins, a time penalty would drop him from 4th down the 5th and elevate Riley Walters/Andrew Crowley up into 4th. Wilkins bagged enough points to extend the championship lead, with Dalton now in 2nd, 39 points behind.

In the East Coast Classic Series, Tom Dermody and Eoin Moynihan would take out the 2WD section.

Alex Neill and Pete Helwig took out the Clubman series in their Subaru WRX. The 2wd open Hyundai Rally Series (HRS) was won by Luke Jamieson and Wil Jamieson and the Excel HRS was won by Lachlan Moore and Paul Bailey.

All results for the event can be found on Chrissport at

Bathurst to become new home for Oberon Stages

By Bathurst Rally, Events, News, Rally

North Shore Sporting Car Club has announced its annual NSW Rally Championship event, formerly known as the Oberon Stages, will move to a new home in Bathurst in 2023.

After more than a decade based in Oberon, the decision to move the rally was not an easy one but will allow the event to take advantage of the more extensive infrastructure and commercial opportunities in Bathurst.

The 2023 Bathurst Rally will be round three of the NSW Rally Championship as well as playing host to the East Coast Classic Rally Series, The NSW Clubman Rally Series and The Hyundai Rally Series.

Event Director and Clerk of the Course, Jon Thomson said that while Oberon has been a great home for the rally, the reality is that Bathurst offers some major advantages in terms of accommodation, commercial support, and some fabulous roads.

“In order to grow the rally and to deliver an even better competitor experience we believe the move to Bathurst, a town that is traditionally considered the ‘Cradle of Australian Motor sport’, is a very exciting one.”

“The stages incorporate some of the best forestry and shire rally roads in the country and will provide some adrenalin-pumping action for both competitors and rally fans,” he said.

“We have found some fantastic roads that will thrill motorsport enthusiasts from around the country, and this new event promises an unparalleled experience that combines skill, speed, and a breathtaking natural backdrop,” he added.

As the organisers prepare for the Bathurst Rally, they invite participants and spectators alike to mark their calendars for an unforgettable rally event. Scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd September, the 2023 Bathurst Rally will bring together top-class rally drivers, teams, and fans in a
celebration of motorsport excellence.

The event will take place in the picturesque city of Bathurst, known for its rich motorsport heritage and the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit as well as a long history of hosting both NSW and Australian Championship rallies over many decades.

A unique feature of the event will be the Service Park that will be located right in the centre of the city in Russell St alongside the Bathurst Regional Council Offices and the beautiful Bathurst War Memorial Park, allowing locals to get up close to all the service action bringing the colour and spectacle of the rally to the centre of town.

“Bathurst Regional Council and also Blayney Council have both been incredibly encouraging and helpful in allowing us to bring the event to their region and we’d like to thank them for all of their help and assistance,” said Thomson.

Competitors are set to take on a challenging course that will cover around 150km across 11 competitive special stages around Bathurst and Blayney. The rally will weave through some stunning countryside, offering a unique blend of great shire gravel and technical forestry roads. Competitors will be able to showcase their skills, teamwork, and strategic nous on some varied and challenging roads.

This year’s rally is sure to feature a diverse line-up of participants, ranging from leading ARC teams, top NSW and interstate crews, top classic competitors and up and coming Hyundai and Clubman competitors. Spectators will also have the chance to witness the fierce competition and the intense battles at several spectator points throughout the event.

The Bathurst Rally promises to be an extraordinary event celebrating the spirit of motorsport, camaraderie, and the thrill of speed in a controlled environment. Whether you’re a passionate fan, a rally aficionado, or simply looking for an unforgettable experience, this rally is not to be missed. Join us on the 23rd of September for an exhilarating adventure in the iconic Bathurst region.

Organisers are looking for volunteers to help with official duties at the Bathurst Rally and can contact if they would like to be a volunteer official.