The 2022 NSW rally season is set to start early with a Test and Shakedown event planned for the 19th of February.

Competitors can expect two exciting special stages, held within Macquarie Woods Recreation Area in Vittoria State Forest, 30 kilometres west of Bathurst.

The two stages will offer teams the opportunity to put their cars to the test, on roads similar to those used in a typical State Championship round.

The event will feature a 6km stage, followed by a slightly longer 8km stage, on open clear felled undulating roads, whilst also taking in Tall Pine and Natural Gum forests.

Event Director Ron Moore is looking forward to hosting the event. “The test day will have something for everybody. We’ve chosen roads that will give our NSW rally teams the opportunity to really get their cars sorted in time for the opening rounds of the various series”, Moore said.

Competitors will also have the option of attending a Season Launch gathering at the Bathurst Light Car Club Rooms on Conrod straight in Bathurst for finger food and refreshments at the bar. This will be the first occasion the NSW rally community has had to get together in a social setting for over a year.

The event has already attracted over 26 entries with a maximum field of 40 cars expected. Notable drivers include former Australian and NSW Rally Champion Nathan Quinn in a Lancer Evo 10, and NSW Championship hopeful, Tim Wilkins in a similar specification Mitsubishi Evo 9.

Sean McAloon will also be testing his Mk2 Ford Escort, fresh off winning the Monaro Stages rally in December.

Current NSW Champion, Tony Sullens will also make an appearance in his Subaru WRX. His two-wheel drive Citroen that took him to victory in 2020 will also make an appearance in the hands of new owner Dean Ridge.

In another boost to the NSW Championship, multiple NSW Championship winner Miles Sandy will be testing his Subaru Impreza WRX. Sandy last won the NSW Series in 2000, having also taken out the 1997 and 1998 titles.

Spectators and Media are welcome and can get further information at https://www.rallynsw.com.au/event/rallynsw-test-day-2022-season-launch-function/

Entries are still available and open to any Motorsport Australia License holder and Log booked vehicle. Entries are being accepted using the Member Portal at https://motorsport.org.au/

The NSW rally season officially commences the following weekend with the first round of the NSW Clubman Rally Series and Hyundai Rally Series, the SOS Eden Mini Rally scheduled for the 26th of February.

One week later, the East Coast Classic Rally Series will fire into action south of the border in Victoria for the Mitta Mountain Rally on the 5th of March.

The first round of the NSW Rally Championship is set for the first weekend of April with the running of the Netier National Capital Rally.

For more Rally NSW news and information head to https://www.rallynsw.com.au/news/