Coasters are the focus of the Hellyer Sprint Rally | The lawyer


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Gravel rallies have been rare in Tasmania this year as the Tasmanian Rally Championship was canceled due to the pandemic, but the roar of rally cars in full noise will resound through the woods around Rocky Cape on Saturday with the Hellyer Sprint Rally. Organized by the North-West Car Club with 16 entries in three categories, the event is aimed at drivers and navigators of all skill levels and attracts crews from across the state. In the open section of the rally, current Tasmanian rally champion and Targa Tasmania champion Eddie Maguire von Elliott will drive the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 in which he won the championship last year. Former Tasmanian rally champion Craig Brooks hasn’t driven in a year or two but will be back in action in his masterful Subaru Impreza WRX STi this weekend and is a serious threat. Any home advantage that Maguire and Brooks might believe doesn’t matter to Maguire’s brother Steve, who will compete in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 on roads he also knows well. Devonport’s Kurt Wyllie (Subaru Impreza WRX STi) is a seasoned rally sprint driver and will be right in the thick of it. While former off-road and stadium truck racer Byron Murfett is returning from Ulverstone, where he started many years ago, and proving to be very competitive in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. Hobart’s Aiden Peterson (Subaru RS) hopes the shorter rally-sprint format will make him more competitive with the stronger competitors. However, one of the cars to be seen will likely be in the hands of Marcus Walkem of Launceston, with the former state champion deploying a Hyundai R5 pocket rocket. One of the leading brands in both the Australian and World Rally Championship, the R5 should be spectacular as Walkem gets a grip on its raw power. The two-wheel drive tribute appears to be a battle between Mitch Roberts’ Mazda RX7s and freshman Jacob Walsh, who has shown a lot of promise at restricted events. ALSO IN SPORT: There will also be a fight in the fight at the event on Saturday, in which the participants chase points in the Dunlop Cup series on Dunlop tires. At the club level rally, Burnie’s Brian Tarrant will make a welcome return to the sport after many years to compete with his son Jordan, who will be navigating his Mazda MX-5. Hobart’s Mark Kyle (Datsun 1600) is always a tough climber, while Launceston rider Leigh Ford (Honda CRX) will also show his presence. The rally comprises eight stages over 70 km in length, starting at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Cape Roadhouse. Spectators can be spotted along the route at a point near Forest. The North West Car Club website at www.nwcctas.net.au provides details on the best time to see the cars go by and how to get there. What do you think? ? Share your thoughts by sending us a letter to the editors using the form below.

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