About the Event
The third annual running of the Poatina Mountain Race will occur on Sunday 4 December 2016.
Production car-based circuit, sports and rally cars are all eligible for participation in categories for 2016:
- Competition tarmac rally
- Competition tarmac rally - driver only
- Non-competition touring
The inaugural event in 2014 was the first in a new generation of Australian motorsport event. Held on the same road and on the same day, the first event combined a European style long-course hillclimb, with a sprint format tarmac rally competition and the 2015 event employed the same format.
In 2016, the Poatina Mountain Race remains based at the purpose-built village that once served as home to hydro-electric power station construction workforce. Today Poatina is a close-knit community that welcomes visitors with accommodation, a restaurant, cafe and even a golf course amongst its picturesque view of the green and mountainous Norfolk Plains and Great Western Tiers.
In 2014, the inaugural event's outright and tarmac rally winners were Hobart's Matt Rickards and Michael Potter in their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX RS, and Jame Longergan (Hobart) won the long-course hillclimb category in his 1989 Nissan Skyline GT-R.
The 2015 event's outright winners were Adam Garwood of Launceston and Queensland co-driver Cameron Reeves, who won tarmac rally and outright honors in their 2007 Porsche GT3 Cup, while Hobart's Jamie Lonergan defended the driver only title in his Nissan Skyline GT-R.
The 2016 event again provides closed road tarmac rally competition over a nine kilometre stretch of Poatina Road, a stunning piece of former Hydro-Electric Commission constructed tarmac that has an elevation gain of some 580 metres, snaking up Mount Blackwood from the Norfolk Plains to the Central Plateau of Northern Tasmania.
During the course of the day, teams will competed six times over the technical course which features an exciting mix of tight and twisty sections, as well as fast and flowing corners.
Poatina Village will again play host to the event’s start and finish celebrations, as well as service park and regroup area.
Poatina Mountain Race 2016 is sanctioned by the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance under permit number AASA041216/AUTO1995
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POATINA HILLCLIMB 2016
- Competition tarmac rally*
- Non-competition touring*
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