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Trevor Collett | Apr, 01 2015 | 3 Comments

Rallycross is making a comeback across the motorsport world, and soon Australia will be able to relive the sport’s glory days and look to its future.

The Broadford Motorcycle Complex in Victoria will host Australia’s comeback rallycross event, with details and further information to be confirmed soon.

The current Broadford circuit will be complemented by a gravel section complete with jumps and water-crossing to make a 1.8km track, while also utilising the pit and spectator facilities already in place.

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A new entity called Rallycross Australia has been recently formed to oversee the sport, which has the backing of the Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) and is headed by Bob Watson - a name synonymous with Australian rallycross and events like the 1979 Repco Trial.

The early plan is for single-day meetings to be staged at Broadford in July and October, limited to 60 competitors each, before a six-meeting series takes place in 2016.

Races will see competitors grouped into lots of four to compete over three laps of the combined course, with cars categorised as Type One (autocross or similar) or Type Two (any other vehicle that complies with a CAMS-approved rally class).

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Drivers must hold the appropriate CAMS licence to compete.

Rallycross was popular in Australia during the 1970s. Here, we followed the UK’s lead into the sport - it was first staged there and became immensely popular in both countries on purpose-built tracks or specially prepared circuits at existing venues.

Live television coverage of races made young stars like Colin Bond and Peter Brock well-known names, as they competed in purpose-built Holden Toranas. But Bob Watson was the 'mud-master'.

With the sport experiencing a global resurgence, the FIA has now established a World Championship for Rallycross featuring such drivers as Ken Block and Petter Solberg.

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