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 https://www.chrissport.kiwi/events/