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Dakar-style event to race in city

Thursday, 14th April, 2011

NEW RACE ON COURSE: Brent Twaddle and Bob Greaves with their 4WD at the BH Racecourse. NEW RACE ON COURSE: Brent Twaddle and Bob Greaves with their 4WD at the BH Racecourse.

By Kurtis Eichler

Broken Hill will soon boast its very own Dakar Rally style event that promises to attract teams from across Australia and overseas.

The Silver City 600 will be held on July 2 and 3 and already teams from Cairns, Perth, New Zealand, South America and even Pakistan have shown interest in competing.

Organisers Brent Twaddle and Bob Greaves were in the city this week to check out the venue for the two-day rally which will be held in and around the racecourse.

"This race course is the best in Australia," said Mr Twaddle, who referred to the racecourse and its amenities as the "Broken Hill Hilton".

He said teams and crews would use the Agfair site for servicing and camping and use the Gary Radford Pavilion for meals.

While the final course route is yet to be settled on it will take in parts of the Willyama Common.

"At this stage we've got to get permission from the council, but it will be confirmed," Mr Twaddle told the BDT.

The event, which gets its name from the kilometres to be covered during rally, will be open to both two-wheel-drive and 4WD vehicles.

Mr Twaddle said the rally, which will feature teams consisting of a driver and navigator, was completely different to the city's other 4WD events.

"Ours is like the Australian Safari or the Dakar Rally.

"We're not interested in climbing rock faces."

Mr Twaddle, who has organised similar events in the past, also hopes to involve locals in the future running of the competition.

"We want people in Broken Hill to run it."

Secretary Manager of the St Pat's race club, Cheryl Krutli said the rally would be "absolutely fantastic" for the outback race venue.

She said the rally could attract other major events and would "showcase" what the course and the city have to offer.

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