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Lazer Rally of the Bay – A Battle of Youth and Experience

By Rally of the Bay 2022

EVENT DATE: 13th August 2022

Round 4 of the NSW Rally Championship is the Lazer Rally of the Bay, and it is shaping up to be a battle between youth and experience.

19-year-old Riley Walters will start the event in his Subaru WRX, with an 8-point lead in the NSW Rally Championship. Walters, who finished 2nd on the podium at last weekend’s Bega Valley Rally, is looking forward to the Batemans Bay based competition.

“When we started the season, we really didn’t come into it wanting or even expecting to be leading the Championship”, Walters said.

“This is the first time that I’ve competed in the NSW Rally Championship and after the challenges of the last two years getting the car right and finally being able to do some rallies post-Covid, I’m just having an absolute blast”

“There are so many talented drivers that we’re up against, and if this season isn’t our year, I still have plenty of time to try and win the series in the future. My co-driver Andrew Crowley has been a massive support, helping me to improve and find our rhythm, so it’s already been a winning year for me.

“The car still has a lot of improvements that we can make, but it’s very reliable, so we don’t want to push our luck with any changes at this stage of the Championship”, Walters concluded.

Walters and Crowley’s main rival will be Tony Sullens and co-driver Kaylie Newell, who won the Bega Valley Rally, sit 2nd in the NSW Championship standings, and are the current State Champions. Sullens has far more experience than his younger competitor and will be hoping that this experience will give him the edge at the Lazer Rally of the Bay.

There are many other contenders, including Tim Wilkins and Jim Gleeson in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 9. Wilkins has had a string of bad luck at the last two Championship events, exiting both Round 2 and Round 3, whilst in the lead.

Event Manager, Nigel Bland is preparing for a big field on the 13th of August 2022 and expects the event to attract teams from all over Australia.

“We’re expecting a bumper entry”, Bland said. “The Lazer Rally of the Bay is a popular event and because it’s the first pace-noted rally since the beginning of the season, we know there are teams itching to get into the forests on pace-notes.”

“Once again, we’ll be basing our rally headquarters in the heart of Batemans Bay at the Batemans Bay Marina Resort, with our Service Park at Corrigan’s Beach Reserve in Batehaven”, Bland continued.

“Teams will come from mainly NSW, but I’m expecting to see at least a few Victorian and also a few Queensland based teams. As far as the roads go, we’ve been busy selecting the best roads in the area, and you can look forward to seeing Clyde Ridge Road, Wallaby Road, The Old Highway, Bark Shed Road, and a few other popular stages used”, Bland concluded.

The 2022 Lazer Rally of the Bay is a round of the NSW Rally Championship and East Coast Classic Rally Series (ECCRS), plus also incorporates the NSW Clubman and NSW Hyundai Series.

Lazer High Performance Lighting is the rally’s naming rights partner.

Photo: Riley Walters and Andrew Crowley at the Bega Valley Rally. Photo By Roy Meuronen

Midstate Freight Oberon Stages Rally

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The Midstate Freight Oberon Stages Rally (formally Caves Classic) is a round of the NSW Rally Championship, East Coast Classic Rally Series (4WD and 2WD), Clubman Rally Series, Hyundai Rally Series and NSSCC’s second Gravel Rally for the year. The event builds on the success of previous events in the Oberon Shire and the name change reflects the roads and area used by the event. Check out the dedicated event page for more information.

Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series 2021/22 – Round 4

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The best motorsport event in Sydney! This Motorsport Australia Award Winning event caters to any competitor from the beginner or junior, right through to the professional driver.

You don’t need a supercar to enter, in fact just about any car will do… borrow your mother in laws Toyota Camry!

– Practically any car can enter
– If it’s a safe car, you can use it
– Non registered cars are ok
– Simple onsite scrutiny from 3pm
– No roll cage needed
– No Co-Driver – No worries, you can enter without
– Perfect for juniors, over 14 can enter
– Friendly team will help you get started
– First car starts at 6pm

Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series 2021/22 – Round 3

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The best motorsport event in Sydney! This Motorsport Australia Award Winning event caters to any competitor from the beginner or junior, right through to the professional driver.

You don’t need a supercar to enter, in fact just about any car will do… borrow your mother in laws Toyota Camry!

– Practically any car can enter
– If it’s a safe car, you can use it
– Non registered cars are ok
– Simple onsite scrutiny from 3pm
– No roll cage needed
– No Co-Driver – No worries, you can enter without
– Perfect for juniors, over 14 can enter
– Friendly team will help you get started
– First car starts at 6pm

Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series 2021/22 – Round 2

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The best motorsport event in Sydney! This Motorsport Australia Award Winning event caters to any competitor from the beginner or junior, right through to the professional driver.

You don’t need a supercar to enter, in fact just about any car will do… borrow your mother in laws Toyota Camry!

– Practically any car can enter
– If it’s a safe car, you can use it
– Non registered cars are ok
– Simple onsite scrutiny from 3pm
– No roll cage needed
– No Co-Driver – No worries, you can enter without
– Perfect for juniors, over 14 can enter
– Friendly team will help you get started
– First car starts at 6pm

Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series 2021/22 – Round 1

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The best motorsport event in Sydney! This Motorsport Australia Award Winning event caters to any competitor from the beginner or junior, right through to the professional driver.

You don’t need a supercar to enter, in fact just about any car will do… borrow your mother in laws Toyota Camry!

– Practically any car can enter
– If it’s a safe car, you can use it
– Non registered cars are ok
– Simple onsite scrutiny from 3pm
– No roll cage needed
– No Co-Driver – No worries, you can enter without
– Perfect for juniors, over 14 can enter
– Friendly team will help you get started
– First car starts at 6pm

Lazer lights the way for Rally of the Bay

By Rally of the Bay 2021, Rally of the Bay 2022, Wheelspin

Andrew Penny and Rhys Llewellyn at the 2020 event. Photo: Roy Meuronen

The 2022 Rally of the Bay received a huge boost this week with the announcement that Lazer High Performance Lighting will be the events naming rights partner.

Announcing the new multi-year deal, Club President, Brett Middleton is thrilled with the new partnership and is expecting a big field for the event, now scheduled for a slightly later date of August 13. The event will be known as the ‘Lazer Rally of the Bay’.

“It’s great news”, said Middleton. “We’ve been busy planning for the 2022 event in the background and the new deal with Lazer Lamps is the perfect partnership. Lazer Lamps produce the best lighting solutions in the world for rally cars and also for production cars, so to have them as our naming rights partner is just fantastic.”

Kirk Marks is Lazer High Performance Lighting’s Regional Manager, and he was also extremely delighted with the new partnership.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the Rally of the Bay and to contribute to the ongoing success of the event run by the North Shore Sporting Car Club in Batemans Bay for over 20 years. Lazer Lamps have a competition pedigree starting over a decade ago, providing high performance lighting solutions for World Rally Championship Teams and now providing the same support for rally competitors in Australia”, Marks Said.

“We know the event is a competitor favourite and I can’t wait to be part of the action in August next year”, Marks Concluded.

Event Manager, Nigel Bland is preparing for a big field on the 13th of August 2022 and expects the event to attract teams from all over Australia.

“We are really looking forward to the 13th of August next year”, said Bland. “We have already started the planning process and are busy looking into ways to make the event even better than previous years.”

“Once again, we’ll be a Round of the NSW Rally Championship, but we expect that several teams in the Australian Rally Championship will want to include the Lazer Rally of the Bay in their schedules. We know this event is extremely popular and we expect there’ll be crews from interstate heading to Batemans Bay to experience the rally and everything the Eurobodalla Shire has to offer”, Bland continued.

The Lazer Rally of the Bay will be based out of Batemans Bay in the Eurobodalla Shire and will run on the 13th of August 2022. The event will be a round of the NSW Rally Championship, NSW Clubman Series, East Coast Classic Rally Series (2WD and 4WD) as well as a round of the Hyundai Rally Series.

Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint Series 2021/22 – Moved to November

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The best motorsport event in Sydney! This Motorsport Australia Award Winning event caters to any competitor from the beginner or junior, right through to the professional driver.

You don’t need a supercar to enter, in fact just about any car will do… borrow your mother in laws Toyota Camry!

– Practically any car can enter
– If it’s a safe car, you can use it
– Non registered cars are ok
– Simple onsite scrutiny from 3pm
– No roll cage needed
– No Co-Driver – No worries, you can enter without
– Perfect for juniors, over 14 can enter
– Friendly team will help you get started
– First car starts at 6pm

CANCELLED – Midstate Freight Oberon Stages Rally

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CANCELLED

The Midstate Freight Oberon Stages Rally (formally Caves Classic) is a round of the NSW Rally Championship, East Coast Classic Rally Series (4WD and 2WD), Clubman Rally Series, Hyundai Rally Series and NSSCC’s second Gravel Rally for the year. The event builds on the success of previous events in the Oberon Shire and the name change reflects the roads and area used by the event. Check out the dedicated event page for more information.