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Motorsport Australia Officials Training

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Are you looking to become an official and would like to do an official Motorsport Australia training module?

Motorsport Australia and the NSW State Officiating Panel are again running face-to-face Officials Training.  These face-to-face courses are now being focused on those courses not available online. These course include:

  • Bronze Scrutiny
  • Bronze Steward
  • Bronze Fire & Rescue
  • Silver Module
  • Upskilling

There are courses being run at Sydney Motorsport Park, Wakefield Park, Bathurst and Tamworth and can be run in more areas as needed.
To stay across all upcoming courses or to register interest in courses that are not listed but you would like to be run, click the button below to be taken to the Officials Training Registration form.

Register Online

For NSSCC members wanting to complete other Bronze officials courses, you can access the LMS training site through the Motorsport Australia Member Portal.

For information regarding Officials Training please see our Officials Training and Upgrading page.

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If you have any other queries about officials training or would like to know more, you can contact Motorsport Australia at officials@motorsport.org.au

Supplementary Regulations released and entries open for AMH Auto Group Rally of the Bay

By Events, News, Rally, Rally of the Bay 2021, Wheelspin

The supplementary regulations for the AMH Rally of the Bay have been released and entries are now open for the North Shore Sporting Car Club run event.

Two separate events are on offer, the Bay Stages and a shorter Bay Ramble event for those who only want to compete in the NSW Clubman series.

Crews are set to be flagged away from the Ceremonial Start at Corrigan’s Beach Reserve, Batehaven at 8:45am.

“We’re really pleased with how this year’s event has come together” Event Manager and Club Vice President Nigel Bland said. “We were a bit worried about the condition of some of the roads we normally use, but we’ve managed to work around it and have come up with a route that we know our crews are going to love” Bland added.

“Entries are now open and we’re expecting a big contingent of teams from the NSW Rally Championship and Clubman Rally Series. This rally was always planned for them, and they’ll be our top priority. We know that there’ll be plenty of competition from the State and Clubman competitors and I’m really looking forward to welcoming them to the Bay”.

“But we’re really excited that our rally has also become a promotional round of the Australian Rally Championship. We’ve already had plenty of enquiries from the major ARC teams and I expect we’ll see a good number of them at the AMH Rally of the Bay”, Bland concluded.

Four special stages have been selected and these will be repeated to provide a total of 8 stages for the Bay Stages event, with the first seven stages on offer for the Bay Ramble event.

The rally will be using the 8km Ridge Road/Dog Trap Road to the east of the Princess Highway, just behind the township of Batehaven. This stage has not been competed on for a number of years, but was a favourite amongst drivers, with its fast-flowing corners along the ridgeline.

From the top of the ridge, crews will travel through Mogo to tackle the 14km blast over Buckenbowra Road and into the roller coaster Ross Ridge Road. After a quick splash of fuel, teams will head out to the west of Batemans Bay to the Western Distributor and Clyde Ridge stages, before returning to Corrigan’s Beach Reserve where the Collecting Cars Service Park is located.

Entered crews will be permitted to conduct their reconnaissance from the June Long Weekend with recce roadbooks available as a downloadable PDF, ready to print or for use on tablets.

The AMH Rally of the Bay is set to take place on Saturday the 17th of July in the forests surrounding Batemans Bay on the NSW south coast.

Rally HQ Back At Marina Resort – AMH Auto Group Rally Of The Bay

By Events, News, Rally, Rally of the Bay 2021, Wheelspin

Rally Headquarters for the 2021 AMH Auto Group will be back at the Batemans Bay Marina Resort. The venue has changed its name from the ‘Coachhouse’ to reflect the resorts Batemans Bay location.

The Batemans Bay Marina Resort has once again put their support behind the popular motorsport event as the official accommodation and Rally HQ venue.

In announcing the continued partnership, North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC) President Brett Middleton said “We’re really privileged to have such a great business put their support behind our event. The facilities at the Batemans Bay Marina Resort are perfect for Rally Headquarters and we also accommodate all our key officials here.”

“For all our rally teams heading to the event, this is the perfect place to book their accommodation. It’s the ideal location to stay with most villa’s having a sleeping capacity for six people.” Middleton added. “Plus, it’s right next to Rally HQ, has plenty of parking for trucks and trailers, is only a short distance to the Service Park and is walking distance to Club Catalina across the road, which is also our Social Hub.”

The rally of the Bay Event Manager, Nigel Bland expects that up to 90 rally teams will descend on the Batemans Bay township on the July 17 weekend.

“It’s fantastic to have Rally HQ back at the Batemans Bay Marina Resort” Bland said. “The 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.”

“The Resort is also offering rally teams and event officials some great accommodation deals with discounts for extended stays.” added Bland.

The 2021 Rally of the Bay is conducted by North Shore Sporting Car Club and forms part of the MTA NSW Rally Championship, East Coast Classic 4WD Rally Series, East Coast Classic 2WD Rally Series, NSW Clubman Rally Series, Hyundai Rally Series and the ACT Regional Rally Series.

About the Batemans Bay Marina Resort

The Batemans Bay Marina Resort is a beautiful resort style property overlooking the ocean and tidal lagoon. There are 89 self-contained villas, many featuring a waterfront location and boasting spectacular ocean views.

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.

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. 69 years later and the club has grown from this small group to over 500 members. The club is 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.

Dalton satisfied with solid finish in Queensland

By Events, Rally, Wheelspin

Shamrock Motorsport driver, Richie Dalton, has taken a solid haul of points from round two of the Australian Rally Championship in Queensland.

Driving his turbocharged, four-wheel drive Toyota Yaris AP4, Dalton overcame a slow start on both days of the rally to finish the 12 stage Rally Queensland in sixth place.

It comes a month after his fourth place at the National Capital Rally was taken from him within sight of the finish in Canberra.

Being held for the first time since 2016, this was Dalton’s first trip to Rally Queensland, and he set off from the start determined to ensure he reached the finish and gain more experience of his new car.

Outright speed was never really the objective going into the weekend, with the Irishman more intent on learning the new stages.

“I’ve been struggling for confidence in the car, so to get home with a finish means it’s been a good weekend,” Dalton said.

“I found it very difficult to get a rhythm in the car this weekend which has been frustrating, but we stuck with it and made it to the finish which was always the plan, so we’re happy enough.”

Dalton and co-driver Dale Moscatt have now done three rallies in the car, including a first-up victory in a rallysprint event on debut.

As he does more kilometres in the ex-works Yaris, he knows the speed will increase.

“We still have a lot to work on and to learn the car more, but going forward we’re heading back to Tasmania where we’ve been before, which is great.

“We have pace notes for most of the stages down there and we’ve been quick there in the past in the old car.”

The Neal Bates Motorsport team will now prepare the Yaris for the trip south to Launceston on the first weekend in July, where jackets and beanies will replace the shorts and t-shirts that were prominent in Queensland last weekend.

Dalton ready to bounce back in Queensland

By Events, News, Rally, Wheelspin

Shamrock Motorsport and NSSCC Club Member, Richie Dalton is determined to make amends for a disappointing start to the Australian Rally Championship last month.

Dalton was on track for a solid fourth place in the opening round of the series in Canberra, only for a suspension failure to throw his car off the road and out of the event.

This weekend in Queensland, the Toyota Yaris AP4 driver will be back on the horse (so to speak) as he continues to come to grips with his new car.

“It really was a heartbreaking way to end the first round, because we hadn’t put a wheel wrong all rally,” Dalton said.

“But sometimes that’s how it goes in rallying, and we came away with nothing more than a repair bill for the car.”

Since then, the team at Neal Bates Motorsport has repaired the Yaris and it heads in to Rally Queensland in tip-top condition.

This will be the first time the rally has been run since 2016, and all the stages will be new to competitors.

“It’s exciting,” Dalton added.

“Competing in a new event is always a great challenge, and when it’s new for everyone it makes it a real unknown.

“The team that writes the best pace notes and adapts to the new stages the best will come away with the rewards.”

Dalton and experienced co-driver, Dale Moscatt, will complete their pre-event reconnaissance on Friday, after testing the rebuilt Yaris on Thursday morning.

“We knew this year was going to be a learning one, and so far that’s proved to be the case.

“However, we know the car has the speed, and if we put together a solid drive over the 12 stages in Queensland, then we’re confident that we can push for a podium finish.”

Based in Gympie, north of Brisbane, Rally Queensland runs on Saturday and Sunday, May 22 and 23.

Re-live the excitement of the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon!

By Events, Wheelspin

OK, we can’t drive from London to Sydney in 2021 but we can do the next best thing – retrace the steps of the game-changing, gruelling Perth to Sydney Australian leg. Back in the day, the first car to finish took an eye-watering 67 hours and 22 minutes non-stop – we will not attempt to replicate that feat.

The 2021 Perth-Sydney Marathon will celebrate the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon by following the original route of the event across Australia from Perth to Warwick Farm in Sydney. Starting in Perth on the 29th October 2021 and finishing ten days later with a function at Warwick Farm in Sydney on the 7th November.

This will be the only event since the original 1968 Marathon to follow the entire route of that race across Australia and will use many of the original time and passage controls. No other event has retraced the route in the 53 years since the 1968 Marathon and it is highly likely that this experience will be the very last opportunity to join entrants, participants and vehicles from the 1968 Marathon on such an historic journey.

Though non-competitive, there will be ample opportunity for some seriously spirited driving and it still promises to be a real test of both crews and machines. We will cover some of Australia’s best gravel and tarmac rally roads, including the SA outback cattle stations of Wirrealpa, Curnamona and Kalabity, the alpine mountain tracks from Edi to Brookside and down to Omeo, all in the company of well-known legends in Australian rallying and with some of Australia’s most important rally cars. The event will traverse the Nullarbor Plain, the Flinders Ranges, Outback WA, SA and NSW, then cross the Victorian and NSW Alps to finish in Sydney some 5700 km later, with half the route being on unsealed tracks and roads.

Around ten original 1968 competitors as well as a similar number of ’68 competition vehicles are committed to running. The 2021 Marathon is shaping up to be one of the largest Historic Rally events of its kind ever to be held in Australia. It has attracted both rallying and racing enthusiasts, all keen to taste what it may have been like to run in the greatest marathon of them all, alongside those who did.

The Entry Fee for the Event is $AUD5685 for a crew of two in the nominated vehicle and includes all meals but excludes accommodation. An invitation to participate in the Event will require a $AUD250 deposit followed by the payment schedule outlined in the Event Supplementary Regulations. Entries are limited to 85.

Expressions of interest should be made to the Event Director, Laurie Mason:

Mobile: 0438 445 024 or email: events@vogueautomotive.com.au

NSSCC Partners with Collecting Cars

By AutoBrunch, Events, News, Spectators, Tarmac Rallysprint, Wheelspin
North Shore Sporting Car Club (NSSCC) is excited to announce that Collecting Cars will become the exclusive auction partner of the club and as part of the deal, will become the naming rights partner for Auto-Brunch Events throughout 2021.

“This is a great opportunity for NSSCC and Collecting Cars”, said Brett Middleton, NSSCC President. “Each month we have growing numbers of classic, vintage, sports and collectable cars attend Auto-Brunch, so it’s only fitting that we partner with such a great business that specialise in Auctions of these vehicles.”

“We are really excited to be working with the team at Collecting Cars and we encourage all NSSCC members to check out the auction website. There are some amazing cars on offer and a growing list of Australian Auctions” added Middleton.

Collecting Cars is Europe’s fastest-growing online platform for selling iconic and sporting cars and has now landed in Australia. With over 1,200 lots sold in 2020, Collecting Cars offers NSSCC members both local and international buyers for iconic, sporting, and or competition cars.

Already, Collecting Cars has over ten amazing cars LIVE, with new Australian auctions going live daily.
“The Collecting Cars team in Australia is excited to be part of the tight-knit enthusiast community at NSSCC. If you have any questions about how to sell or consign your vehicle, please don’t hesitate to contact our local team; we are here to help guide you through the process.” said Rich Fowler, Collecting Cars Australia.
You can contact the Australian team directly on 0403 263 509, rich.fowler@collectingcars.com or submit details of your car at www.collectingcars.com/sell.

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