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Competitor Bulletin 4 now available

COT Competitor Bulletin 4, for the COT Classic, COT Allcomers and COT Regularity competitions, has been released.

It is available on both the Rally Documents and Forms and Regularity Documents and Forms pages.

Bulletin 4 has been approved by Motorsport Australia and incorporates Further Regulations. The bulletin covers:

  1. REGULARITY SR 107 and COT SR 109 – POSTPONEMENT /CANCELLATION OF EVENT
  2. ARTICLES 203.6 and 204.5 – REFUNDS

Phillip Bernadou
Event Director

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Fifth time lucky: put 27 March to 2 April, 2022 in your calendar

Event Director, Philip Bernadou, today announced the new date for the rescheduled Classic Outback Trial: 27 March to 2 April, 2022.

He said that the event program will be exactly as planned, but rescheduled to start on Sunday March 27, 2022.

Originally calendared for August 2020, the event was postponed to November 2020, March 2021, August 2021, and now to March 2022.

“We envisage that by March/April 2022 the vaccination rate will be high enough to allow state and international borders to reopen,” Phil Bernadou, said.

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Updated Supplementary Regulations

Updated Supplementary Regulations for both the COT Rally and COT Regularity competitions have been released.

Classic Outback Trial Supplementary Regulations V7 for the Rally competition are available on the Rally Docs and Forms page.

Classic Outback Trial Regularity Supplementary Regulations V5 are available on the Regularity Docs and Forms page.

These updated Supplementary Regulations have been approved by Motorsport Australia approval and replace previous documents. They have been rewritten from the original document issued in 2019 and should be re-read.

Tom Snooks
Clerk of the Course

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Updated Supplementary Regulations now available

Updated Supplementary Regulations for COT Rally competitions are now available on the Rally Docs and Forms page.

The changes made to the V6 Supplementary Regulations are

  • Dates changing March to August;
  • Article 105.2 changing the Competitor Relations Officer to Alan Patterson;
  • Article 204.5 updating the refund conditions for the August date.’’

Updated Supplementary Regulations for COT Regularity competition are now available on the Regularity Docs and Forms page.

The changes made to the V4 Regularity Supplementary Regulations are:

  • Dates changing March to August;
  • Article 105.2 changing the Competitor Relations Officer to Alan Patterson;
  • Article 203.6 updating the refund conditions for the August date.’’

Tom Snooks
Clerk of the Course

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Classic Outback Trial again postponed

For immediate release
January 15th, 2021

As with numerous community activities around the country being cancelled or postponed owing to the adverse effects of COVID-19, the Classic Outback Trial has again been postponed, principally as a result of the uncertainty of State borders being closed.

Due to be conducted in the Central Western Region of New South Wales in early March, after being postponed from August 2020, the organisers have again been forced to postpone the event to late August 2021.

The Classic Outback Trial attracted 60 crews from 5 states to compete in the 7 day Special Stage Rally.

“It’s imperative that competitors, service crews and officials have a high degree of confidence in being able to freely cross borders to and from New South Wales and this is not possible with the current and foreseeable uncertain environment”, said Phil Bernadou the event organiser.

Open borders are important so that the event retains its popularity among the competitor base and to maximise the opportunities for the local communities to capitalise on the 300 plus people who are involved.

The Classic Outback Trial will now be scheduled for August 2021, starting in Parkes on Sunday 22nd before moving to Orange on Tuesday 24th for 2 days and then to Bathurst on Thursday 26th and finishing here on Saturday 28th.

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

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Unfinished business for the Kaplan/Penney RX7

Multi-faceted businessman, Adam Kaplan is going all out to prove that his Mazda’s reliability and his well-known speed can deliver a victory in the 2021 Classic Outback Trial.

Kaplan, together with 26 year old co-driver Aleshia Penney, hopes to show their pace of the 2018 event , where they were fastest on most of the special stages they finished, was no flash-in-the-pan.

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Rally and Regularity Supp Regs updated for NCR changes

Supplementary Regulations for both COT21 Rally and COT21 Regularity have been updated.

Motorsport Australia recently revised the National Competition Rules (NCR’s) reducing the number of Articles from 241 to 113 and bringing the streamlined document aligning more closely with the recently updated FIA’s International Sporting Code and this will result in greater consistency from grassroots to the international levels of the sport. The revised NCR’s will be applicable from 1 January 2021.

Classic Outback Trial Pty Ltd has therefore updated both the COT 2021 and COT Regularity 2021 regulations to bring them in line with the revised NCR’s.

No other changes have been made to either set of regulations.

COT21 Rally Supplementary Regulations v4 are available from the Rally Docs and Forms page.

COT21 Regularity Supplementary Regulations v3 are available from the Regularity Docs and Forms page.

Tom Snooks
Clerk of the Course

Andy Crane and Dave Anderson near the end of the Hayes Highway stage
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Iconic stages: COT16’s Hayes Highway

Every great rally has an Iconic Stage.

You know, that stage which is a bit more special than the rest, the stage upon which the results of a whole even can hinge on – by winning the stage or losing it big time. It could be the stage that characterises the whole event.

Think Wedding Bells at Rally Australia.

The Castrol International and the Mineshaft.

The RAC Rally and Esgair Dafydd.

And the Classic Outback Trial and Hayes Highway. 

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