Message from Clerk of Course

Introduction

The Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club Inc. invites competitors and officials to the iconic Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally (BDBRR). The event is Round 4 of the MRF Tyres Queensland Rally Championship and will be conducted over nine stages on World Class Shire Roads (WRC Stages) surrounding the township of Kyogle in northern NSW. However, crews not registered for the Championship, including Classics and Invitational, are invited to enter.

I want to take this early opportunity to thank the Kyogle Council, the NSW Police, and the residents in the region for their valued support and enthusiasm.

I also thank all our sponsors and partners who have come on board, particularly Brakes Direct, who is again the naming rights sponsor. MRF Tyres need special mention as sponsors of the Queensland Rally Championship.

Additional sponsors are assisting the event by supporting categories that should give the event wider appeal. Forza is offering awards for competitors competing with Forza Brake Pads fitted to their vehicles. Zupp Property Group is supporting the Challenge for Classic Rally Cars who will run as a group at the head of the field. Rallytorque is backing the Border Ranges Challenge for Ford Escorts.

Ed Mulligan of 4WD World is assisting greatly with promotion by supporting drivers and cars that will lift the profile of not only this event, but of rallying as a spectacle. The Far-Keen Rally Team and Dave’s Bakehouse are stage sponsors and are also working to assist with the conduct of the event. There are three stage sponsorship opportunities still available.

We also acknowledge MPS Web Consulting Services, Australian Motorsport Photography and Keema Cars for their valued technical support.

The GCTMC Inc. wishes to acknowledge the support shown by members of the Brisbane Sporting Car Club. Without their assistance and professionalism this event would possibly not proceed.

Event Format

Friday 26th August

The BDBRR will run over two days. Friday is for reconnaissance. This is optional as a road book will be supplied. A detailed layout of the stages will be supplied direct to competitors. As the stages are on shire roads we do not want local residents being annoyed by people out to ‘have a look’ at the stages leading up to the rally hence this information is not available on the web site. We are not necessarily referring to competitors so please don’t take offence.

A Media Stage will also be conducted for selected crews. Friday night there will be a Rally Forum hosted by Ed Mulligan with invited speakers offering their experiences and insights.
Brakes Direct Border Ranges Rally Supplementary Regulations.

Saturday 27th August

Saturday’s activities begin with a Promotional Start in Kyogle followed by nine Shire Road stages including an early evening pass through the famous Hillyard’s Spectator Point for the third time in the event. Two passes over the Super-Special (new layout) under lights at the Kyogle Showground will complete the competition.

Passing in loops through the centrally located Service Park located in the Kyogle Showgrounds minimises transport distances.

Rallysafe: The desire of the organisers to make the event as safe as possible for competitors and keeping the BDBRR in-line with other major rally events, Rallysafe will be mandatory for all competitors. Entry fees include the Rallysafe Unit. However, it will be the responsibility of the competitor to have Rallysafe Fit Kits in their vehicles at their own costs.

Entry Fee: Competitors please acknowledge that this event is not the usual rally event that starts and runs in a forest. The costs associated with conducting a major rally on Shire Roads is substantial but hopefully the enjoyment of the competition is also substantially increased; and so too is the opportunity to promote the sport.
The Entry Fee includes costs for:

  • CAMS fees and Insurance – $130 per entry
  • Use of Rallysafe for tracking – Minimum $120 per entry (costed on a full field)
  • Onsite Medical Intervention Vehicles with Paramedics
  • Onsite Fire Service Units
  • Road Book production and documentation printing
  • Automobile numbering
  • Trophies and Awards
  • 2 Service Vehicle Registrations and 6 Service Crew personal
  • Showground Hire, lighting and PA system
  • Facilities and equipment hire
  • Infrastructure costs such as radios, clocks, fire extinguishers, start and stop control shelters which cost tens of thousands of dollars to resource the event
  • Road closure advertising and processing including road closure applications, TCO placement, Road Closure Engineering Plans and applications.
  • Signage for all road closures and notifications to all residents on the course
  • Community support fund to SES, RFS, and local Community Volunteer Organisations without whom the event would not be possible
  • Administration costs including multiple visits to Kyogle for event planning

Presentation of Trophies

The trophy presentation is planned to be held at the Kyogle Showground on Saturday night. It is hoped many competitors, their service crews and family, as well as event officials will stay on to celebrate at the after party immediately following the presentation and enjoy each other’s company. The premise is to conduct an event that is friendly for competitors, spectators and officials alike.

Sponsorship Packages

A range of very attractive Sponsorship Packages are still available for those companies wanting to be a part of this exciting event. Community Support: Local Community based service organisations will be providing food and drinks at the Kyogle Showgrounds all day Saturday and Sunday morning. Please support these organisations as they are there supporting us and allowing us into their community. If you intend to buy groceries, snacks, top up the tow car etc please do so locally and let people you know you are with the rally.

Helping as an Official

The organisers require assistance in conducting this huge event so if you are not competing please lend a hand. There are a multitude of jobs available including SOS points, driveway, road block and spectator marshals (all located on the course), control, regroup and service park officials. Please contact ‘JT’ the Official’s Co-ordinator and offer your assistance: John Truskinger on 0407 656 044 or via Email at jptruskinger@gmail.com

Accommodation

There is a range of accommodation available in the region including camping at the Kyogle Showgrounds / Service Park and the Kyogle Caravan Parks across the road. Hotel accommodation is available in Kyogle, Lismore, Casino, Woodenbong and Urbenville as well as lots of wonderful guest houses in the area. For further details, refer to the following website – http://www.visitkyogle.com.au/index.php/accommodation/

Regards
Stephen Davies
Clerk of the Course