IN CONTENTION: Stephen Mee leaps his Toyota Corolla into contention for the ARC2 2WD final at Kennards Hire Rally Australia.
IN CONTENTION: Stephen Mee leaps his Toyota Corolla into contention for the ARC2 2WD final at Kennards Hire Rally Australia. ARC

Six crews get free entry to Aus Rally Championship final

SIX CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) crews have been handed free entry to a winner-takes-all final on the world stage at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November.

The finalists in the second-tier ARC2 category of the national series were confirmed after the penultimate round at Lightforce Rally SA.

Three ARC2 four-wheel drive finalists and three two-wheel drive finalists will receive free entry and a set of MRF tyres to do battle at Kennards Hire Rally Australia on November 16-19. The highest-placed crews in each class will drive away with the 2017 CAMS ARC2 titles.

Free entry for top ARC2 teams is one of several opportunities Rally Australia organisers have provided to encourage national competitors in the world event.

In the ARC2 four-wheel-drive class at Lightforce Rally SA last weekend, Contel Mobile Communications' Craig Brooks finished top of the table and claimed his first ARC podium. McM Rallysport's Stephen Mee topped the two-wheel drive class.

Craig Brooks said he was thrilled to grab a spot in the ARC2 final.

"The ARC2 final is what we have been aiming at all season so, we are really excited to go to Coffs Harbour and bash it out with the best second-tier guys in the country," he said.

Stephen Mee said the introduction of ARC2 had helped his team start on the path towards national competition.

"We've always wanted to do ARC and with ARC2 coming along it's given us a stepping stone to see what goes on at national level and to help us plan for what we might want to do in the future, and it's been really fun," Mee said.

Kennards Hire Rally Australia Clerk of Course Wayne Kenny welcomed the six ARC2 competitors to the event entry list.

"Rally Australia is the one event on which a domestic crew, providing they are appropriately licensed and have a car that meets the relevant regulations, can contest a World Championship event alongside the fastest rally drivers on the planet," Kenny said.

"That's a priceless motorsport opportunity."

The new Kennards Hire Cup offers a total of $5000 prizemoney to entrants in Rally Australia's ARC section.



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