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Rally revs up

Tuesday, 13th August, 2013

Local racer Kerry Turley in action during last year’s event. The experienced rally driver is set to line up again this weekend. Local racer Kerry Turley in action during last year’s event. The experienced rally driver is set to line up again this weekend.

By Darrin Manuel

The Silver City 1000 rally continues to grow with even more teams signing on for this weekend’s event.

The cross-country rally has already attracted 16 teams from all across Australia, including inaugural event winner and Dakar Rally competitor, Geoff Olholm.

“We’ve got more teams than last year and we usually get a couple more in the last week. There are a few teams who are still getting ready,” said SC1000 committee member, Adam Edwards.

“They’re coming from everywhere. It’s going to be a very good field, they’re very high-quality competitors, too, which will make for some exciting competition”

Mr Edwards said it was particularly pleasing to see Broken Hill’s event growing in strength when other rallies around the country were down on numbers.

“The sport has gone a bit quiet over the last 12 to 18 months, so to get 16 teams already is a very good show of hands.”

The event will begin with a prologue at the Racecourse on Friday night to determine starting positions, with two days of racing to then be held on Saturday and Sunday.

Drivers compete over a 1000km course around the city, taking in some of the region’s scenery and rugged terrain.

Mr Edwards invited motorsport fans to come to the racecourse on the Friday at 7pm to get a glimpse of the cars in action before they head into the bush to race.

All proceeds from the not-for-profit race will be used to cover the cost of the event, with any profit to be donated to a local charity at the conclusion of the race.

Mr Edwards also thanked all local and national sponsors who have contributed to the event.

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