Caves Classic Rally

5th September 2020

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Midstate Freight

We welcome onboard our 2020 Naming Rights Partner – MIDSTATE FREIGHT

For over a decade, Midstate Freight have built a strong and reliable network of express freight services delivering daily throughout the Central Western area of NSW Australia through their own facilities in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Mudgee, Lithgow and Cowra employing over 80 local staff with over 65 delivery vehicles.

Midstate Freight partner with leading freight transport and logistics companies to ensure fast and efficient local, national and international express freight services for local businesses and residents.

The Midstate Freight team are passionate about their business and dedicated to providing value for their customers.

Each depot is staffed with a Manager for the effective running of the day to day operations and to take charge of staff and operations.

The team at Midstate Freight believe that the customer is number one and the key to their success.

MIDSTATE FREIGHT is recognised for its commitment to quality, service and safety and its continued innovation in the development of its process and systems to support our customers.

Similarly, MIDSTATE FREIGHT is recognised as a dynamic industry leader in the transport sector and is known for striving for quality, solution focused approaches and importantly delivery on time and in full. Midstate Freight started in 2006 when an opportunity arose to purchase a small delivery service operation out of Bathurst delivering into Mudgee three days a week. The business quickly grew and within twelve months were running five days and two extra trucks, one contracted to Australia Post. Five years later they have six depots, over 80 staff and upwards of 65 vehicles in the fleet.

The MIDSTATE FREIGHT group solutions can be summarised as follows:
– Reliable and professional organisation with second to none experience in transport and warehousing.
– Business infrastructure that can support the full end to end supply chain requirements for all business partners.

Welcome from Clerk of Course, Jon Thomson

The North Shore Sporting Car Club is excited to present the 2020 Midstate Freight Caves Classic rally. The rally will be the Round 2 of the following series:

MTA NSW Rally Championship
East Coast Classic Rally Series
Techworkz Automotive Clubman Rally Series
Hyundai Rally Series

Numerous thanks to long standing and highly accomplished rally competitor Ray Winwood-Smith and his brother Mick from Midstate Freight – based in Bathurst just up the road from Rally HQ in Oberon – who have come on board for the first time as our naming rights partner. If you need freight moved anywhere in Western NSW then you should be talking to Ray and Mick and the team at Midstate Freight.
This year’s event again based in Oberon, with the start, finish and service park located at the Oberon Rugby Leagues Football Club.  The Covid 19 crisis has made all sports difficult to run and manage and under our COVID-19 safety plans the Leagues Club compound allows us a secure area that can be closed off from the general public, with only competitors, designated crews and officials who have had a safety check and are wearing a wrist band to enter. I am sure you will understand these are extraordinary circumstances that mean we have to make some sacrifices to allow our sport to go ahead.
Depending on the restrictions we have to deal with on 5th September, food may be available during the day long courtesy of the Oberon Tigers, and hopefully a coffee van will be in attendance, everything hinges on the restrictions at the time.
Many thanks to all our team at NSSCC for putting in so much work to ensure Caves runs successfully and well again in 2020. This is my second ear as a Clerk of Course at a State round and this has been possible because of the great team we have at NSSCC. Particular thanks to Howard Grove who has done so much work this year as our great road director, Brett Middleton and John McCredie for the tremendous effort with marketing and sponsorship and our erstwhile secretary Ian Bray.
Oberon is a great place to centre the rally and the location has opened up options for special stages and we’re sure you’ll love the smooth but challenging stages we’ve chosen. We have a very compact and challenging event that will include a couple of night stages in the early evening, but in very open forests which have been recently harvested so dust won’t be too much of a problem, and the first car is likely to be back in the service park by around 7.30pm, so don’t forget to bring your driving lights for the last couple of stages.
Although the rally is a secret route charted event for all championship contenders, we are offering an optional pace note entry, with anyone contesting with notes precluded from scoring points. With so few rallies in 2020 we thought it was a good opportunity to give a wider rally audience a reason to come and enjoy our great stages at Oberon.
Finally, we would like to thank all those people involved in staging the event.  From the Forestry Corporation, Lithgow Police, Oberon Council, Oberon Rugby Leagues Football Club, to all the event’s administration people, radio operators, medical crew, scorers, scrutineers, set-up crews, caterers, control and road closure officials, clean-up crews and so many others, and of course to our naming rights partner Midstate Freight and the various series partners including the Motor Traders’ Association of NSW. Thank you one and all!
Good luck to all Competitors and safe travelling to and from the Event!

Familiar and ALL NEW stages including:

Lowes Mount – 10.4km

Roberts – 10.4km (repeated)

Essington – 18.9km (repeated)

Beemerang – 20.5km (repeated at night)

Staceys – 9.5km (repeated at night)

Service Park in Oberon

Remote Refuel in Black Springs

Results from the Rally of the Bay will be on ChrisSport and RALLYSAFE 

Scoring Points in NSW Series

Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the series regulations that apply to you. Each of the series has specific requirements and these can be found on the Rally NSW website, and general regulations on the Motorsport Australia website.

Some of the conditions that exist include:

– G4, AP4 and R5 category cars are not eligible for NSW series points
– Driver grading restrictions are in place for the Clubman Series
– The Roadbook must be used to score points in the NSW, ECCRS, Clubman and Hyundai Series
– Frontal Head Restraints must be used

Please consult the relevant series conditions and regulations for the complete list of rules and regulations.

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Spectators

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the decision on offering spectator points at this years event is still pending. Our COVID-19 responsibilities have meant we need to consider a range of options, including having no spectators.

BUT… guess what? we need Rally Officials! And a Rally Official gets the best seat in the house, right beside the action at your very own spectator point.

We need officials for road closures, control points, SOS points, service park, rally start, rally HQ and various other officials. No experience required as we’ll find a job that suits you and give you any training required to do the job, including any special requirements from our COVID-19 plan.

To register your interest or to have a conversation about volunteering, send an email to president@nsscc.com.au, call 0408261043 or click the button below.

Documents – Event Notice Board

Supp Regs
Now Available!
COVID Plan
Coming Soon
Service Park Plan
Coming Soon
Entry List
Coming Soon

Media

Media Accreditation
Now Available!
COVID Media Plan
Coming Soon
Media Plan Template
Now Available!
Indemnity Forms
Now Available!
Rally of the Bay
Media Report

No Campfires Allowed

Due to high fire danger, campfires and barbecues using wood, charcoal or other solid fuel are banned.

Partners

Service Park

Located at Oberon Football Club in the centre of town and proudly supported by:

Stage Partners

Accommodation Partners

Contacts and Organising Team

Jon Thomson

Clerk of Course/Event Manager

M: 0418 641 959
E: jon@thomsonpr.com.au

Oliver Sellars

Assistant Clerk of Course

M: 0431 431 077
E: vicepresident@nsscc.com.au

Howard Grove

Road Director

M: 0408 313 078
E: cavesclassic@nsscc.com.au

Ian Bray

Secretary

M: 0419 518 610
E: cavesclassic@nsscc.com.au

Brett Middleton

Commercial Manager

M: 0408 261 043
E: president@nsscc.com.au

John McCredie

Media Manager

M: 0413 042 763
E: media@nsscc.com.au

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I come to the rally if I'm from Melbourne?

At this point, No. The NSW border is closed and the unfortunate incidences of COVID-19 outbreaks in Melbourne will continue to be monitored by the event team and Motorsport Australia.

How many people can I bring into the service park as part of my team?

We are still finalising numbers for our COVID plan, however you should plan for a total of 4 people until we finalise. This includes the Driver, Co-Driver and two service crew members.

Will there be awards handed out after the rally?

Not at this stage. Due to the COVID pandemic we are still finalising how we provide a reward for recipients of awards.

Will there be food at the Service Park?

Yes, there will be food provided by the Football Club.

What is the best way to provide my event documentation?

Using the Rally NSW fast track documentation system is the best and safest way to provide all of your details - http://www.rallynsw.com.au/info/fast-track-documentation/

Do I need to use the Rally NSW fast track documentation system?

No. Using the fast track documentation system is optional, but we highly recommend using this system.

What happens if I am caught speeding if I do Recce for Pace Notes?

You will be referred to the event officials and may be excluded from the rally.

Will I have a road card and will I have to hand it to control officials?

No. The event will be using Rallysafe for all timing and check-ins. A personal card for you to take notes and record your own details will be provided in the road book

How do I know ow my stage time?

Rally safe will display it automatically when you cross the flying finish line.

Will there be any tyre trucks be in the Hoosier Service Park?

Yes. There will be multiple tyre suppliers. The name of the Service Park will probably lead you to the answer that Hoosier will have a major setup, but there will also be others available.

Do we need to wear masks and gloves for COVID in the Service Park?

No. However, you need to maintain social distancing and follow the directions of officials who will be observing the activities and promoting the 1.5m rule.

Will there be a re-group and if so, how will that work?

Yes, there will be regroups at the Service Park. You will need to remain in your vehicle for the full duration of any regroup.

Can I be near another competitors team at the Service Park?

Yes. A service team form will be emailed to each team and you will be able to select who you want to be located next to.

Do I need a personal COVID kit in my rally car?

Yes and it needs to have gloves and face masks for the driver and co-driver, but NO hand sanitiser.

Do I need to stop at the finish control?

Yes, you must stop for safety reasons, but not come within 1.5m, touch or share items with officials.

I really need my morning coffee, will this be available?

We are planning to have a coffee van, but there is also a range of Cafe's and fast food outlets in Oberon that will be open.

I heard there is a new deal for Clubman teams where they will get two photos of their car for free, will that be available at the Caves Classic Rally?

Yes. Bruce Moxon will be at the Rally and will be providing the Clubman and HRS teams with two free photos.

Will there be media attending the event? I heard that the media were not allowed.

Yes. OHM Productions will be once again providing video media for Rally NSW and also for NSSCC. There will be regular video updates on Facebook and YouTube. There will also be a small number of other media outlets covering the event, including photographers and newspapers.

Can I buy a video package for just my team?

Yes. OHM Productions will be offering a range of video packages for teams. To arrange yours, give them a call on 0413 042 763

I am from a media organisation and I want to come to the Rally of the Bay, how do I arrange it?

You need to create a Media Plan after reading the documents in the media section on this page. Once you submit your plan, you will be contacted with further details.

What official timing is used?

100% of the event will use RallySafe and no road cards will be required. All timing and messaging will be through RallySafe

Can I get media exposure for my team?

Yes. NSSCC has engaged OHM Productions to provide all media services for the Rally. You can send information about your team to media@nsscc.com.au

I want to get involved as an advertising partner, how do I do that?

As a partner, we can provide a lot of benefits to your company or maybe you want to donate to help the sport. Please contact our Club President here. president@nsscc.com.au

Can I use Pace Notes?

Yes. You can choose to do the Pace Noted option, however you will not be eligible for outright awards or to score points in any Rally NSW series.

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