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NSSCC Whiteline Tarmac Rallysprint 2020/2021
February 11, 2021, saw the running of Round 4 of the 2020/2021 Whiteline Tarmac Rally Series, organised by Brett Middleton and his team at North Shore Sporting Car Club. The event ran over a 1.3 kilometre course within the competitor parking areas at Sydney Dragway.
I had a few minutes to spare before the action started so I had a walk around the car park. The cars at this event were quite different to the ones you see at a gravel rally, and in fact there wasn't any car there that I had seen at any other event. This was not unexpected, as a tarmac rally (and the cars and their setups) is a very different thing to driving on loose dirt roads. I don't ever expect to see a Lotus Elise throwing up dust in a pine forest.
Because of construction activity taking place (the replacement for the Granville speedway is being built and there will be a large common car park for the drag strip and speedway) the length of track available was much less than for previous events. The compromise track was 1.3 kilometres long, which is less than the length of the shortest motor racing track anywhere, and gave the rallysprint the flavour of a hillclimb (without the climb) or a tarmac motorkhana (without the reversing and the garages). To put it into perspective, the drag strip next door is 1.07 kilometres from the start line to the sandtrap and the point where competitors turn off to return to the pits. This means that one start-to-pits run at the drags covers a much larger distance than a turn at the rallysprint.
There were 38 entries. You can see the list by clicking on the image below.
Let's let the pictures tell the story.
This was my first time at this sort of event (for a very long time, at least) and at this venue. Next time I'll have a better idea of where to go to get the best photos.
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