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CLUB LEVEL AND JUNIOR MOTORSPORT SUFFERS CRUEL BLOW

By Rallysprint, Twilight Rallysprint

The popular Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series held over summer at the Sydney Dragway appears to have joined the long list of cancelled events in 2020, but not because of the current COVID pandemic.

The event, organised by the North Shore Sporting Car Club, has had a key focus on the safe development of Junior drivers and driving skills and the Rallysprint series has run successfully for the last 8 years.

Whilst the event is hotly contested by some of Australia’s leading drivers it is also extremely popular with beginners and junior drivers. The event even attracting support from a major vehicle manufacturer committed to the development of safe driving standards.

However, yesterday the club was given with the disappointing news that the dates were no longer viable and there were no suitable alternatives for the coming season.

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“Publicity had already begun and we had received several entries for the first round on the 8th of October, but at this stage the event will not proceed at its current venue” said Brett Middleton, the President of North shore Sporting Car Club.

“Disappointingly, we also no longer have access to a grassed area leased from Sydney Dragway for holding Motorkana’s and Gymnkana’s.” added Middleton. The grassed area will be used to re-locate excavations from extensions to the car park in the main Dragway complex.

The club now hopes that through the support of the NSW Office of Sport and the Western Sydney Parklands Trust that it can recover and rebuild for the future.

“We hope for a solution to provide better access to club level motorsport within the new master plan for the motorsport precinct,” concluded Middleton.

Background

The Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint series is a closed motorsport event held within the confines of Sydney Dragway, using the bitumen car parks and access roads. The Rallysprint series is held on Thursday nights, during the daylight savings summer months. Typically renting the venue at a time and day of the week that does not interfere with other events.

The Rallysprint won the Best Motorsport event in NSW for 2019 at the Motorsport Australia annual awards and on average attracts over 450 entries per annum. Approximately half are either under 18 years old or motorsport beginners looking for a safe venue to learn driving skills. The event injects over $700,000 annually into the NSW motoring economy.

The club’s other location started as an unused parcel of Dragway land that the Club developed for use as a successful junior Training facility for safer driving. Children and teenagers as young as 12 can safely learn to drive at this facility under the guidance of experienced motorsport mentors and governance of Motorsport Australia.

The Dragway leases the land from the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.

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

HARDING WINS TARMAC RALLYSPRINT ROUND 1

By Events, Rallysprint, Results, Twilight Rallysprint

The first round of the 2019/2020 Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series was won by Michael Harding in a Subaru WRX STi. The car is purpose built for tarmac rallying and it was Hardings first appearance in his tarmac spec rally car at this event, having previously competed in his gravel spec version of the Subaru. Harding had his engine tuner Benjamin Perry sitting in the co-drivers seat.

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“I invited Benny to come down and jump in the car and help us with some data and have some fun as a bit of a thank you for him for all the many, many hours of hard work he’s put into the car,” said Harding.

“Actually sitting in the car and experiencing it is just mind blowing” added Perry

The event at Sydney Dragway attracted a quality field of 85 cars. Previous winner and event favourite Phil Heafey broke the driveline of his Lancer EVO on the start line of the second stage and was forced to retire. His main rival was Michael Caine, who usually competes in an RX7 and has challenged Heafey for the win at many previous rounds of the series. But Caine decided to bring a Holden Commodore Ute to the first round to try something a bit different and “have a bit of fun”.

Troy and Gary Nicolson finished on the second step of the Podium and blasted the HSV Commodore Coupe 4 around the special stage to be just 2.9 seconds behind Harding’s Subaru at the end of the night. Jake and Ian Lambie were 3rd in a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5.

It was a trying night for North Shore Sporting Car Club organisers who had to contend with 45km/h westerly winds disrupting course setup and making barrier placement extremely difficult. But in the end, the event started on time and was praised by competitors. The first round used a new starting location adding an extra 400m to the technical course.

The first round of the Summer series was also the first time the event included a coaching and mentoring programme specifically for Juniors. The GFB Junior Development Program included coaching from Rally Ace Brendan Reeves and Professional Co-Driver Dale Moscatt. The three juniors entered in the programme for the first round were Tom Donohue, Louise Taylor and Taylor Gill and were driving a Hyundai N-Performance Hot Hatch. The competition between the juniors was intense, with 15 year-old Gill beating Donohue by just eight tenths of a second.

The 2nd round of the series will be held on a Tuesday night the weekend after the WRC event in Coffs Harbour and entries are now open. The Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint is open to both experienced rally drivers through to novice and first-time competitors. The event is 100% asphalt, conducted on private roads within Sydney Dragway precinct. The event is run as a special stage rally with cars starting at 30 second intervals. To compete at the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series, entrants need to be over 14 years old. No drivers licence or vehicle rego is needed.

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

TARMAC RALLYSPRINT ATTRACTS NEW PARTNERS

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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

Go Fast Bits

GFB BACKS TARMAC RALLYSPRINT

By Events, Rally, Rallysprint, Twilight Rallysprint

GFB (Go-Fast-Bits) has again renewed its support of the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint for the 2019/2020 season. In addition to providing support of the event in general, GFB will be once again support the Junior competitors by continuing the “GFB Junior Challenge award”. The prize, which includes $100 in prize money (per event) and trophies, is awarded to Junior Drivers at each round of five round series.

Showcasing their Australian Manufacturing capabilities, GFB will also provide customised trophies manufactured at their facility in Sydney.

In announcing the continued relationship, North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC) President Brett Middleton said “We’re glad to have GFB back on board as one of our major partners this season, they are a great supporter, and they also actually use the event to test their products.

Middleton added, “It’s also fantastic that they’ve chosen to once again support the Junior drivers. NSSCC want to encourage and mentor the next generation of rally drivers and co-drivers and with GFB providing these prizes, we’ve probably got the best junior driver opportunities in the country.”

In addition to the GFB junior challenge award, Junior drivers also have the opportunity to compete in a fully sponsored Hyundai i30 N Hot Hatch.

GFB products are proudly made in Australia in accordance with the ISO 9001 quality management system. 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 to live with on a daily basis. 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 2019/2020 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 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

WHITELINE BACK FOR ANOTHER TWO SEASONS

By Events, News, Twilight Rallysprint

The popular Twighlight Rallysprint run over the summer months at the Sydney International Dragway has again secured Whiteline as the naming rights partner for a two-year contract.

Known as the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series, the events are organised by the North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC) and are held on a weeknight once a month from October to March.

In announcing the continued relationship with Whiteline, NSSCC President Brett Middleton said “It’s fantastic to have Whiteline back as the naming rights partner. We’re really looking forward to having them onboard again, they’re a great bunch of people to work with and we both benefit greatly from the partnership.”

Whiteline boasts a worldwide reputation as a leading manufacturer of replacement, enhancement and performance suspension components that deliver significant gains in vehicle balance, steering precision, grip levels and outright driving performance. Whiteline makes the perfect partner for the rallysprint events, with their ‘Grip Activated’ tagline reflecting the nature of the series.

The 2019/2020 Summer Series of the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint will once again comprise of five exciting rounds and the team at North Shore Sporting Car Club are already well into the planning phase and are looking at many options to make the event even better than previous years.

The series is open to both experienced rally drivers through to novice and first-time competitors. To compete at the Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series, entrants need to be over 14 years old and can drive a standard, modified, race or rally car on a road circuit in a safe and controlled environment. Junior drivers are especially welcomed and NSSCC will have some more exciting announcements shortly regarding Junior opportunities.

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

Hoosier Tire Australia Joins Gravel Rallysprint

By Events, News, Twilight Rallysprint

The North Shore Sporting Car Club is pleased to present our latest Gravel Rallysprint partner, Hoosier Tire Australia.

Hoosier Tire Australia is the sole Australian agent and distributor for the Hoosier Racing Tire product range, widely regarded as one of the best tyres available for street, strip and oval track competition.

The giant US Hoosier Racing Tire manufacturing plant is located in Plymouth, Indiana just south of the Corporate Headquarters in Lakeville and produces race tires 24 hours a day. This plant, first opened in 1979, was the world’s first facility dedicated to the exclusive production of racing tires and has grown to be the world’s leading producer of racing tyres.

Hoosier Tire Australia are able to supply a wide range of Hoosier tyres for a number of different racing divisions as well as Hoosier apparel, track wear and pit accessories for racers and fans alike. From speedway to drag racing to street, Hoosier Racing Tires are designed for champions and will help you get to the finish line first.

For more information on Hoosier Tyre Australia, head to the Hoosier Tire Australia website.