Rich River Course check now complete! - Pre event news.

After the final course check last weekend, the route for the 2008 Rich River Trial has now been confirmed! Crews can expect a fantastic variety of conditions across the 345km of the event (same distance as last year).

 Clerk-of-Course, Steuart Snooks, reports that “this year we’ve got an extra 30km in the afternoon tour compared to last year. I think crews will find it a lot less frenetic but no less interesting than last year’s tour. We’ve got some really fascinating terrain and challenges in the afternoon that make it quite different from last year and I’m looking forward to hearing crews response when they get into the dinner break at Cohuna”, he says.

 The event has been designed to give emphasis to the navigator in the afternoon and early night sections and gradually shift across to the driver as the event progresses. “The last two stages across the Perricoota Forest will be particularly rewarding for drivers” says Snooks. Anyone who experienced these roads in the Old BP Rally in early May will remember them. “Road conditions were just about as good as they could be two weeks ago – let’s hope they stay that way for the event.” In fact, if they do, crews could easily run the entire event on road tyres!

 As an incentive to crews to use road tyres (at least for the afternoon tour), there will be an award for the best-placed crew running on road tyres in Division 1. The award, a complimentary paddlesteamer cruise donated by Murray Paddllesteamers will be a great way to spend an idyllic Sunday morning after the event!

 Entries have been steadily rolling in over recent weeks, including at least three confirmed from Canberra-based crews plus Geoff Ninnes making the trip across for Adelaide again this year. With just over a week to close of entries, things are starting to come together for another great weekend of adventure and camaraderie up in the Rich River country.

 See the latest news bulletin and photo preview for the event at the HRA website at http://hra.org.au/index.php?q=node/416