Australia’s newest tarmac rally, the Huon Valley Auto Corsa is being rescheduled to Saturday 13 August 2016, due to organsiers concern over road damage caused by recent unseasonal weather and important road works that are now being carried out.
The event comprises 100 competitive kilometres over seven technical special stages while taking in Grove, Huonville, Franklin, Geeveston and Dover, but road conditions near Geeveston and Glendevie, will be unsuitable for competition this February.
Event Director, Stuart Benson, said that heavy rain and the need for works have impacted on more than 20% of the single day event course, and that advice is these areas will not be fully remediated until late-May or even June, depending on weather.
“The event has received excellent support from entrants and the general community, but road conditions are an important safety consideration” Benson said. “Saturday 13 August is the new date that has been arrived at with input from stakeholders and we will be working with the broader community to ensure first year success for what many hope will become an annual event”.
Local business man, BP Dover owner and Datsun 240Z rally car driver, Mick Williams, is delighted by the change of date.
“I was trying to do the rally in February, but it was looking really unlikely with engine and body work all running late,” he said. “I think it’s great to have an event like this in the Huon, particularly in a quieter time of year and small towns like Dover and Geeveston really need it”.