Competitor Registrations to Open Soon for the 2017 Alpine
Registrations for intending competitors will open earlier than ever on Friday November 25th 2016.
This is your opportunity to put your name down for the Alpine Rally of East Gippsland which will be run on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of December 2017. If it’s anything like the last event we received over 250 EOI’s and the 100 starting places were filled in less than 8 hours when entries opened.
We are simplifying the entry process. We are calling for potential competitors to register their interest to compete before being offered a place in the field when entries open. This will be all done through our revamped website. A large part of the logic for this is to give country and interstate competitors some certainty of a confirmed place in the field as far out as possible, to make it easier for you to plan and book accommodation, leave from work, and so on.
Announcing some new members of the organising team
Congratulations to Andy White who has joined the team as our new Road Director filling the big shoes of Stuart Lister who continues to step back from day to day work on the event. Stuart will still be involved in a mentoring capacity and will put his enormous experience to good use in HQ on the weekend of the event.
Joining Andy is Steve Hollowood who’s vast experience of working on the Alpine over many years will be invaluable.
Also stepping back from the organising team are Jodi and Scott Mann who have been an integral part of the event since it’s re-inception in 2001.
Still a Tough Alpine, but enjoyment for all is the aim.
The main aim of the organising team and Clerk of Course Owen Polanski, is to make the Alpine as much fun as possible not only for competitors but for officials and spectators too. Wherever possible we have taken on much of the constructive suggestions offered after the last event. Make no mistake though…..the event will be every bit as tough and challenging as it has been in the last few years.
The time commitment for competitors has been reduced which might make it easier for interstate entrants to join us. Firstly, scrutiny will be available on a regional basis for competitors from outside Melbourne. The only scrutiny options available in Lakes Entrance will be for re-scrutiny on Friday morning. Secondly, we are reinstating the ‘Prologue’ stages on the Friday afternoon of the event at the expense of the street stage in Lakes Entrance. The important message in this development for potential entrants is that there will now be reseeding on Saturday morning based on Friday’s stage times.
The Alpine “On The Road”
Early survey work shows that total distance for the event will be around 720km of which just under 400km is competitive. Depending on the availability of some roads, this may be subject to change. Saturday will be familiar to previous competitors with a ceremonial start from the Rotunda carpark in Lakes Entrance and then on to many of the favourite stages from the last Alpine with a few exciting new roads added. There will be a mix of good quality forest tracks which are quite technical, ranging up to a few very fast major logging roads in the mix. Crews will visit both Orbost and Cann River for servicing, as in 2015.
The focal point of the event on Sunday will be the township of Bruthen which competitors will visit 2 times for service, so crews will be well looked after with the facilities that Bruthen can provide. Spectators will also be well looked after with a number of spectator points to view the rally over the weekend including one at Bairnsdale Speedway on Sunday morning, evoking memories of the Alpines based at Bright.
Entry fee for the 2017 Alpine Rally of East Gippsland is not finalised yet but will be up on previous years. The 2015 event ran at a significant loss which was covered by the HRA so we expect the new entry fee to be approximately $1400.00. Although this is an increase on the $950 entry fee in 2015, it is still excellent value at only $3.50 per competitive kilometre.
We are looking forward to putting on the best ever Alpine and we hope you can be a part of it. More updates will be regularly forthcoming.