New route for Rankleburn Rally

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Two-time champion... Carter Strang, of Wallacetown, won the Rankleburn Rally last year and in 2019.

The Rankleburn Rally returns this year to Rankleburn Forest in West Otago on Saturday, November 20.

The event is part of the Eastern Southland Car Club’s rally championship and will comprise four special stages totalling about 80km.

This year’s rally will follow a new route including special stage 3, Sharps Rd, which links to Landsend and John O’Groats Rds, a route not used since the 2008 Gore Rally.

The event will be based at Telford Tops Rd and will be signposted from State Highway1.

Servicing will take place there throughout the day.

Prizegiving will be held at the Croydon Hotel on the main Queenstown Highway, where bistro meals will be available after the event.

Last year’s rally drew a strong field. Carter Strang, of Wallacetown, and co-driver Stewart Robbie won the event for the second successive year in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 6. The pair won all four special stages.