"Frontier Services" Classic Outback Trial Info.

 Classic Trial to lead RRA cars over WRC course
Media release June 15, 2009

Entrants in the 2009 Frontier Services Classic Outback Trial from August 31-September 5 will share some of the marquee stages
of Repco Rally Australia with competitors in the World Rally Championship round as a fitting climax to their
After five days and 18 timed stages from the Trial’s start in Forbes, Classic Trial entrants will conclude their
2260km adventure with four fast and furious timed stages over the WRC course in north-eastern New South
The first on Friday (September 4) will be at night on the Repco Rally Australia Super Special Stage tarmac
course on the streets of Murwillumbah.
The next day (Saturday, September 5), Trial entrants will compete over three of the actual unsealed Repco
Rally Australia special stages – two immediately after the WRC cars and the last ahead of the International rally
A major attraction for COT entrants in sharing roads with WRC competitors is that the average maximum
speeds required for the Trial’s earlier stages do not apply on the Repco Rally Australia course.
“Classic Outback Trial entrants are in for a fantastic ride,” said event organiser Philip Bernadou, who has just
completed the fourth official survey of the course in the Trial’s Nissan X-Trail Diesel Official Course Survey
vehicle. “This will be as good as it gets for a classic rally!”
Using private properties and forestry roads, the Trial will take around 50 entrants in classic rally cars and
recreational 4WDs built up to 1995 on a journey from Forbes in Western New South Wales to the bright lights of
the Tweed area – one of the fastest growing regions of Australia.
Forbes was chosen as the Trial’s starting point because of its central location for Queensland, New South
Wales and Victorian entrants, its compact size and its access to challenging roads on large rural properties and
state forests in the adjoining Forbes and Condobolin shires.
Many of the property tracks have been opened for the first time to Trial competitors, guaranteeing entrants a
unique event, with up to 40 per cent of the route competitive on some days.
Setting the course has been a challenging exercise for the X-Trail, taking Nissan’s popular ‘soft-roader’ over
terrain more suited to a larger Patrol or a Pathfinder 4WD.
“The X-Trail has been amazing,” said Bernadou. “Searching for the most exciting-possible Trial course has
taken us through creek crossings, gullies and rough terrain that we will not be asking competitors to experience,
but apart from two punctures, the X-Trail never let us down. And as a major bonus it has consistently delivered
around 8.0 litres/100km overall and no worse than 8.6l/100km, no matter how hard, or where we have driven it.”
Starting on Monday August 31, the Classic Outback Trial will spend two nights in Forbes, two nights in
Coonabarabran and a further night in Glen Innes before spending its final two nights in Tweeds Heads, where it
will join Repco Rally Australia competitors.
As well as the competitive Trial, there is also a parallel Classic Outback Tour to Repco Rally Australia for
enthusiasts in all types and age of vehicles, led by COT committee-member and 1970 Australian Rally Champion,
Bob Watson. The Tour will follow following the Trial on good quality roads, visit interesting sites and socialise with
Trial competitors at night.
Further Information
For further information including supplementary regulations and entry form, contact:
Philip Bernadou Phone: 03 9836 9911, Mobile: 0412 498 602, or Email: pora1@bigpond.net.au Website:
For publication-quality photographs visit ‘COT Media release’ at: http://gallery.me.com/philipbernadou#gallery
or contact Michael Browning on 0418 324 328.