R6 revs up rally
A NEW competition with $3000 prize money will be open to entrants at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November.
The R6 Digital Cup will be an invitational event run alongside the FIA World Rally Championship and CAMS Australian Rally Championship rounds.
Competitors in cars eligible under Australian and New Zealand regulations will tackle 22 special stages over three days.
Clerk Of Course, Wayne Kenny, said the event will allow crews to tackle the same challenging roads as WRC or ARC crews without having to comply with full championship requirements.
"Virtually everything else about the R6 Digital Cup will give crews the full experience of competing at a world championship event," he said.
"This includes a run each evening before thousands of spectators at the Destination NSW Super Special Stage."
Media agency R6 Digital has strong connections to rallying through its founder Dallas Dogger and has been responsible for lifting Rally Australia's social media rankings to number one among WRC events by providing information to almost 400,000 followers worldwide.
"Our cash prize is to provide a real incentive to have a go," Dogger said.
"We expect our added incentive will bring great competition and spectacular action to the thousands of spectators on the Coffs Coast stages and hundreds of thousands of online fans.
"I'm urging locals and crews from overseas, especially our New Zealand friends, to enter and take up the challenge.
"It's been a long time since we had a great cash incentive to get on the podium.
"Like many I remember the good old days when we had prizemoney for rallies."
Rally Australia also has included a two-day Classic Cup for CAMS-approved Classic rally cars.
Crews will contest 14 daytime special stages on Friday and Saturday.
"We want to see many more classic cars at Rally Australia as they never fail to turn on a fantastic spectacle," Wayne Kenny added.