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Rallysprint for Catlins this year

After an extremely successful Catlins Coast Rally last year, which marked the twentieth edition of the event, the Eastern Southland Car Club will run a rallysprint event in the area this year on Saturday 14 August.

The event, supported by the Rosebank Lodge, will utilise some of the great roads previously used for the rally, forming a loop of around 8.5 km. Competitors will fight it out over three runs in each direction, with the fastest time in each direction added together to determine the result. The pit area for the event will be on Puerua Church Road, off Romahapa Road.

A rallysprint features a repeat use of the same piece of road and after a huge rally last year Chair of the Rally Committee, Roger Laird says, “the team needed a year off from organising this rally. The rallysprint is easier to organise and will still bring competitors into the area and fill accommodation. Our team does more than just the Catlins Rally and it was time to regroup. Last year’s rally was a boomer, and the first major rally after lockdown. We were very lucky as we went back to Level 2 just days after the event. Clerk Of The Course Craig Jessop is working hard to make the weekend happen.”

‘It is our intention to hold the rally again in 2022 and we already have a tentative date to do that,” says Laird.

The Rosebank Lodge Catlins Rallysprint is supported by the Clutha Licensing Trust and the Clutha District Council while the club appreciates the support of landowners in the area.

The South Otago Car Club will run their Catlins Inn Rallysprint on the day following the event, Sunday 15th August, meaning it will still be a great weekend of motorsport action in the area.


Media release by Lindsay Beer, on behalf of the Eastern Southland Car Club

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