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RallySport Magazine August 2016

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The August 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine is now available, and includes: Latest news: * Dowel backs rallycross to be bigger than V8 Supercars * Quinn’s Rally Australia WRC car bid falls short * New WRX STi could be Rally America bound * Up to 10 AP4 cars for 2017 NZRC * Skoda R5 for Mark Pedder at Rally Australia Feature stories: * Famous stages - New Zealand’s Motu * A close look at the Skoda Fabia AP4+ * Group B Mitsubishi Starion 4WD remembered * Budget rallying - Hyundai Excel * Where are they now - Wayne Bell * Hayden Paddon column * Vale: Steve Ashton Interviews: * Molly Taylor - Subaru factory driver * David Holder - NZ Rally Champion * Col Trinder - Chairman of ARCom * Emma Gilmour - NZ’s fastest lady Event reports: * Rally of Finland * APRC - China Rally * Catalans Coast Rally * NZ’s Northern Rallysprint Series * Walky 100 Rally, SARC

NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU RALLY ROUND-UP No Circuit of Ireland in 2017 Ireland’s more prestigious rally, the European championship Circuit of Ireland, is not to be held in 2017, as announced by the Event Director, Bobby Willis. The decision is due to funding uncertainty. Willis has managed the Circuit since 2009. “We have been working hard with all our funders to plan ahead for 2017, but regrettably the financial resources required to deliver the event are still not in place,” Willis said. “To run the rally next year Proudly announcing the Southern Cross Gold Anniversary Rally November 8 to 19, 2016 Re-trace the 1966 route through Victoria and then via Canberra to Sydney to enjoy the classic roads of the later Southern Cross Rallies around Port Macquarie. The rally finishes in Coffs Harbour where you’ll join the field of WRC cars competing in the final round of the 2016 World Rally Championship and compete on some of the WRC route.. Another Classic HRA re-run in the current format without the right resources and necessary planning period would be to do the rally a gross disservice. “I believe we cannot risk proceeding with the 2017 event at this point without financial certainty.” While other options for a small, local rally may be considered for next year, Willis’ plan is to work to secure the necessary resources and plan for the Circuit of Ireland Rally to return in 2018. - MARTIN HOLMES Daily competitive sections including: • Closed road stages • Hillclimbs • Timed track sections Each day finishes in time to enjoy a meal and lots of socialising! Winner Adrian Coppin. (Photo: Aaron Wishart) Coppin wins Narooma ARC regulars Adrian Coppin and Erin Kelly (pictured above) took out the popular Narooma Forest Rally on July 23rd, driving a Toyota Corolla S2000. The pair won the six-stage event by nearly two minutes from the Lancer Evo X of Mick Patton and Bernie Webb, with Chris Higgs and Kirra Penny third in their Subaru WRX. Tony Sullens appeared in a Ford Fiesta to take fourth place, with the top five rounded out by Andrew Penny‘s Subaru. Bethany Cullen was an impressive sixth in her Lancer Evo 6.5. The rally saw the driving debut of Lewis Bates, youngest son of Neal. Brother Harry sat in the co-driver’s seat in the frontwheel drive Toyota Corolla that he drove last season. Lewis finished the event in 19th place from the 45 starters. Retirements included Michael Harding (Subaru) and Rhys Pinter (Ford Fiesta). Top six finishers: 1. Adrian Coppin / Erin Kelly, Toyota Corolla S2000, 1h14m29s 2. Mick Patton / Bernie Webb, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X, 1h16m20s 3. Chris Higgs / Kirra Penny, Subaru WRX STI, 1h17m58s 4. Tony Sullens / Kaylie Newell, Ford Fiesta, 1h19m30s 5. Andrew Penny / Rhys Llewellyn, Subaru WRX STI, 1h19m32s 6. Bethany Cullen / Matthew Cullen, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6.5, 1h20m02s Lewis Bates made his driving debut. (Photo: Aaron Wishart) Head to the website for more information Albury Mansfield Sale Jindabyne Canberra Parramatta Taree Port Macquarie Coffs Harbour 12 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016

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