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Event for rally newcomers

Wednesday, 6th April, 2011

FLYING LOW: Rob Andrews competing in last year’s Barrier Sporting Car Club series. FLYING LOW: Rob Andrews competing in last year’s Barrier Sporting Car Club series.

The Barrier Sporting Car Club will again be running a number of events this year aimed at dirt road driving, the first of these a khanacross set down for Saturday, April 16.

A khanacross is a short course event, the track being about 11/2 km in length (up to three are used on the day) with plenty of twists and turns as it is designed as a non speed event, being more about controlling a car on dirt and is an ideal event for newcomers to rallying.

Only one car at a time competes so you are racing the clock, not other cars. As well as the time taken to complete the course points are also deducted if you hit any marker pegs, go the wrong way or fail to stop correctly in the finish "garage".

Virtually any type of car can compete and whilst the club encourages safety, for these type of events a roll cage is not compulsory but recommended.

Vehicles don't have to be registered, provided they are trailered to the venue, but must be fitted with seat belts, a fire extinguisher and pass a scrutineering check on steering, brakes etc.

The BSCC is affiliated with CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) so all entrants are automatically covered for personal accident insurance with the entry fee which is $30 for a khanacross.

Competitors must also be a member of the BSCC and require a CAMS non speed licence both of which can be purchased on the day.

Supplementary regulations and entry forms are now available for this event from Baldwin Auto in McGowen Street.The BSCC will be running at least four khanacross events this year with both 2 and 4 wheel drive classes catered for. The second round will be run on the last weekend of May.Another big event on the BSCC calendar is the resurrection of the "Avondale Rally".

This was held for many years through the 80s and 90s and was one of the most popular rallies in its day. Provided the rain eases off and the roads can be found in all the grass this event is set down for Saturday, September 3.

It will be a day/night event with about 200km of competitive driving.

To compete in a rally the vehicle must be fitted with an approved roll cage, four points harnesses and generally vehicles require suspension upgrades, underbelly protection, extra lighting as well as a navigator and along with the driver an upgraded CAMS licence.

Once again you are racing the clock with cars sent out of a "control" at 2-3 minute intervals. Broken Hill now has about 10 rally cars that comply with the regulations and it is hoped a few South Australians will venture north so that entry fees can be kept at a reasonable cost. Once again cars don't have to be registered because the entire event will be run on private property.With all this activity the club is also on the lookout for people to help out as control keepers, marshalls and stewards. Regulations now require that all officials have to be trained and licensed.

CAMS will run a course in Broken Hill provided there are at least 10 participants. The good news is it won't cost you anything, just a few hours of your time. Becoming an official is another good way to become involved with the club and motorsport in Broken Hill.

Anyone interested in becoming an official can contact the president on 8087 2125, the secretary on 8087 4890 or come along to our monthly meetings at the Musicians' Club on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm.The club recently held its belated Christmas function and presentation night where Rob Andrews was presented with the perpetual trophy for being the 2010 club champion. Rob only started competing in 2009 and during 2010 built up a Subaru WRX to rally specifications. He won two of the khanacross events, finishing second and third in the other two and equal first in the only rally for the year at Hazelvale.

 

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