Monaro Stages bracing for second time lucky

Friday 17 December, 2021
The Monaro Stages will run this weekend for the first time since 2019. (Photo: Bruce Moxon)
The 2021 Kosciuszko Automotive Monaro Stages will finally go ahead this weekend after two years of cancellations and postponements.

In 2020, the event was cancelled due to heavy rainfall - the same fate it suffered earlier this month when it was meant to host the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC) season finale.

However with a week of decent weather, the roads have since recovered to a state where it will no longer be unsafe to run - giving event organisers a chance to finally run the event for the first time since 2019.
Forty-five crews will head to Cooma on Saturday to battle it out across 204 competitive kilometres over 10 different stages - 152 of which will be run in the day and the remaining 52 at night.

Click here to view the full itinerary for the event. 

Deputy Clerk of course, Kim Winks, said she was feeling a mix of emotions ahead of the rally.
“I am really relieved that the event is going ahead this weekend, I’m just grateful for all the support we’ve had and we're really appreciative, because otherwise this event wouldn’t be happening,” Winks said.

“This week has been absolutely hectic trying to organise everything, I’m certainly looking forward to the event and I am confident we will pull it off.

“We had to cut down the entrants, usually we get about a month to get competitors in and what not, however we only had a week to hand all the paperwork in so therefore we have a full field capped at 45.”
Winks said the contrast in weather was certainly a bonus, with perfect conditions expected in Cooma on Saturday.

“Last weekend it was freezing cold and we were all scrambling around trying to find some dry wood to light the fire, however I think this weekend we will be sweltering in the heat," Winks added.

"It is what it is and we deal with the weather as it comes, however it’s much better than last weekend.

“We wanted to put a massive thank you out to Forestry New South Wales, even though the event last weekend didn’t go ahead due to the weather, they offered to extend the permit out to this weekend.

"We also wanted to thank the New South Wales Police for using our Police permit through so quickly."
Although it’s no longer an ARC event, multiple ARC drivers will be still be competing in the event including reigning ARC champion Harry Bates, 2017 ARC Champion Nathan Quinn, Lewis Bates, Troy Dowel and Andrew Penny.

Click here to view the full entry list.

The 2021 Kosciuszko Automotive Monaro Stages will take place in Cooma 18 December.
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