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Change of Date for COT20

The effect of COVID-19 and the nation-wide community lockdown has extended to the 2020 Classic Outback Trial.

Despite attempts to conduct the event during the original period of mid-August, the 7 day, all daylight special stage rally, plus the regularity event conducted in conjunction with the Trial, will now be held from November 1 – 7, 2020.

Classic Outback Trial Director, Philip Bernadou, has received feedback from all stakeholder groups and is convinced that the later date will better suit competitors given the extraordinary circumstances as a result of COVID-19.

“The foreseen further lifting of some mandated community restrictions by the re-scheduled November date will allow competitors, service crews and officials together to enjoy the camaraderie and social atmosphere that has become an essential component of the Classic Outback Trial. This atmosphere would not have existed in August given the anticipated
COVID-19 restrictions”, he commented.

“Additionally, a wetter than average winter is forecast for the region so the move to November may well avoid cancellation of forestry special stages should this happen”.

The Classic Outback Trial will now start in the Central West NSW town of Parkes on Sunday, November 1st, 2020.

After two days of special stage rallying around Parkes, the event will move to Orange for two nights before heading further east to Bathurst for the final three days.

The 2020 Classic Outback Trial will finish on Saturday afternoon November 7th with the much-anticipated celebration and presentation dinner to be held at the famous Mt Panorama Motor Racing Circuit.

Enquiries can be made to Phil Bernadou:
pora1@bigpond.net.au
+61 3 9836 9911
+61 412 498 602