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Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally introduces Rookie Category in 2012


First time competitors will have an opportunity to try Tarmac Rallying in the inaugural Rookie Category over day three of the 2012 Adelaide Hills Tarmac Rally.

Cars and drivers will still need to comply with all of the requirements of the event and the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS), and Rookies are encouraged to take advantage of the advice and assistance of scrutineers and event organisers to get them prepared.

“Scrutineering is a process, rather than a pass / fail situation. If the car doesn’t meet the standards, scrutineers will advise what needs to be done and help a competitor make the necessary changes”, says event organiser, Michael Clements. “The idea (of scrutineering) can be intimidating to first time competitors, but they just need to remember it’s about keeping everybody safe”

Once cleared to start, Rookies will get the full rally experience, learning about servicing, time controls, road cards and pace notes. “Rallying is very technical; it’s not just about driving fast over the competitive stages” says Clements.

Entries for the event have opened, and more information for competitors, spectators and officials can be found on the event website