2018 Eureka Rally entries for Round 1 of both the 2018 Australian Rally Championship and Victorian Rally Championship will open for online submission at www.eurekarally.com.au on release of Supplementary Regulations in early to mid January and close on 9 February.
These Supp Regs can only be released after finalisation of the 2018 ARC Sporting Regulations which are expected to contain some significant changes to 2017.
Plans for a spectator stage in Ballarat City did not come to fruition, but six forest and two shire road stages are planned to be run twice for a total of 217km of competition.
Four stages are the same as 2017 while three retain elements of 2017, with one new, very interesting stage.
Spectators will be catered for by readily accessible viewing points on the first and fourth stages each day, enabling specific crews to be comfortably followed four times each day.
The service park and rally office will be based at the Ballarat Airport in a historic former World War two air force barracks precinct, where most of the 140 RAAF huts are gone, but the all weather sealed road access network remains.
The larger service trucks will be located on the gravel base of the former parade ground and access for competitors and service crews will be separate, as for 2017 Eureka.
The program has been compacted with Documentation starting Wednesday, Testing available on Thursday, incorporating VIP rides, and an informal welcome function at the City Oval Hotel that night.
Recce and ARC Scrutiny will be on Friday, with a free evening. The Rally will start on Saturday morning in Sturt Street, the majestic main avenue of Ballarat, linking the CBD with the Gardens and the Arch of Victory.
The Rally will conclude following Heat 2 on Sunday with a podium finish at the Airport Service Park, followed by an After Party for competitors and officials back at the City Oval Hotel.
Competitor enquiries can be directed to Competitor liaison, Katie Philps on ph. 0467 871 796 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org