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Rally

Branch Of Motorsport

Many different branches of motorsport have come into place over the years. Rally as a branch however is believed to probably date from the Monte Carlo Rally of 1911. Rally takes place on private or public roads with specially modified cars. What distinguishes rally cars is that they do not run on circuits. But instead, they are run on tarmac or gravel.

In rallies, participants run in point-to-point format with their co-drivers/navigators. The duo engage the car with control points (specially set), making the car leave one start point for another at regular intervals.

What determines the winner of a rally is the pure speed of the drivers within these stages. In other words, this means rallies can be won by arriving at the last end points in the ideal journey time.

The level of the competition determines the rallying age. Participants can begin rallying from the age of 14. Anyway, there are many stages to rallies and road events. It can go all the way from the Australian Targa to the Australian Rally Championship through to the FIA World Rally Championship.

With Motorsport Australia, Rally Permit Application covers events such as Rally Sprint S1/S2, SXS, Rally Cross Type 2, Touring/Navigational Assembly and a Rally itself. These events are of distinctive stages and intensity. Nevertheless, the fact that a Rally Sprint differs from a Rally Cross in the way they are being practised does not change the integrating factor which is that – they are both rallies.

 Consequently, a rally permit form covers all ends which are needed to be secured regarding all aforementioned types of rallies. After the details about the event and its organisers are covered, the permit takes care of the medical response plan as expected. Then, clearly state the personnel involved in the rally. Communication, operation and emergency details are also covered.

To the different categories of a rally. We have the Rally Sprint S1/S2. For the duration of a Rally Sprint, all public roads or highways are expected to be closed from public use during the timeframe of the event.

And it comes in two stages. Stage 1 which is dubbed S1 is more like the introductory stage. The participants do more testing and sampling of the different roads available.

Rally Sprint S2 is the advanced level where the event can be held in sealed or unsealed surfaces – depending on the provisions of the formulated Supplementary Regulations.

Rallycross is more of a sprint style kind of racing. It is held on mixed-surface circuits built mainly for racing. And the cars used are specially built ones – ones mainly to work as road cars. Also, there are SXS events.

Some special vehicles known as the Side-by-Side (SXS) vehicles are put into use in these events. They are more commonly referred to as UTVs. This is because they are utility vehicles that serve quite a number of purposes. They are as well used in rallying events.

A Rally event permit application covers all risks imaginable from these events. From the Medical Plans to the Safety 1st Checklist. Including the Supplementary Regulations required to hold rally events.