Baw Baw Sprint will be back again.
This event is a closed road tarmac rally event utilising the road from Icy Creek to
the Baw Baw Resort run by Mountain Motorsport.
Mt Baw Baw Sprint gets motors running
Mt Baw Baw will be alive with the sound of engines in February, kicking off the first round of the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship.
The series fires into life for 2016 with competitors heading to the hills for the Mt Baw Baw Sprint over the weekend of February 11th and 12th
The Mt Baw Baw Sprint utilises the access road from Icy Creek to the Resort car park. Closed to public use while the competitors are in action, the course is broken up into a series of individual ‘special stages’ run both up and down the road for a total of 220km of competition. The final stage is a 30km ‘blast’ over the full distance of the road to the village.
This is the fourth year that Mt Baw Baw Alpine Resort has hosted the Australian Tarmac Rally Championship, and event director Peter Washington says his competitors love it.
“The road is a real thrill to drive, in both directions. Anyone who uses it on a regular basis knows how challenging it is, especially when there is traffic going both ways.
“To be able to close it and use the whole road is an amazing experience for drivers who are licensed to drive at high speed. It’s a fantastic start to our series and we’re thrilled that the Resort is welcoming us again. We love coming to Mt Baw Baw,” said Mr Washington.
Alex said the Mt Baw Baw Sprint was a highly anticipated event on the mountain’s calendar.
“It is exhilarating to see and hear modern and classic cars racing up and down the mountain,” said Alex.
“There are lots of features that make the course a special one, including the beautiful natural environment and the fact that it races up and down the steepest road in the Southern Hemisphere.
“We hope that those who don’t have competition cars come up for the touring category, in which anyone with a licence can run the same stages of the event in their everyday vehicles under closed road conditions at speeds of up to 130km/h,” Peter said.
Around 50 entrants from across the country are expected to take part in the Mt Baw Baw Sprint, most of which will be modern or classic vehicles, set up as full rally cars with roll cages and other mandatory safety equipment.
The Australian Tarmac Rally Championship series is made up of four events, all run on public roads that are closed to general public use while the rallies are run.
The following events in the series are the Lake Mountain Sprint (Marysville) on 28-29 May, Snowy River Sprint (Lakes Entrance) on 24-25 September, and Great Tarmac Rally (Marysville) on 10-11 December.
Tarmac rallies start at intervals of either 30 or 60 seconds (depending on weather and road conditions) and race against the clock. At the end of the event, the crew that has covered the entire distance (one length of road broken into a number of ‘special stages’) in the shortest period of time is the winner.
To find out more, visit http://www.australiantarmacrally.com/
ROAD CLOSURE DETAILS
Saturday 11th February the road will be closed to traffic, from 8am till 12:30pm from Tanjil Bren to Mt Baw Baw.
The road will open between stage races for local traffic, drivers will be escorted by a safety sweep vehicles from the top of the resort and at Tanjil Bren.
After lunch on Saturday, the road will be closed from Icy creek to the Resort and cars will transit under the same conditions specified above.
Depending on crashes the road will open approximately every hour.
The road will be closed on Sunday, from Icy Creek to the Resort from 8am to 12:30pm. After lunch the road will be closed from 1pm to 3:30pm and operate under the same conditions specified above.
Quickest entry and exit to and from the resort will be via south face road.
There will be stickily no access for road bikes on the road.
The rally base phone number is 0409 163 755, please call this number for updates on time delays.
Thank you for you cooperation and patience in the above matter.