The Shannons Adelaide Rally gets underway today with more than 400 entries expected to line up in the popular four-day tarmac rally.
Taking place in and around Adelaide, crews will tackle 230 competitive kilometres across 34 picturesque stages that will offer a range of different challenges for all participants.
With South Australian borders open to every state and a record prize pool of $25,000 available, the event has attracted many top-level tarmac drivers from around the country.
From motorsport veterans Tony Quinn and Ross Dunkerton, to Tasmanian gun and event favourite Eddie Maguire - the entry list for the event has plenty of names capable of winning.
Click here to view the entry list.
Starting off with nine stages on Thusday, crews will then reach the halfway point on Friday afternoon after completing another nine stages.
Friday also hosts the event’s biggest stage of the weekend with the monster 19.8km Cherryville stage to be run twice and often regarded as the favourite amongst drivers.
The biggest day of competition then awaits crews on Saturday with a huge 10 stages to be run, before the remaining six on Sunday, including the Yarrabee finale in front of the full house of spectators.
The final stage won’t be the only opportunity for fans to see the 400 plus cars zipping by with each day to have at least one stage open for spectators.
Thursday and Friday each finish with an spectator-friendly stage, while Saturday has two in the afternoon. However, fans will have three opportunities on Sunday to watch the action live, including the ever-popular Mount Lofty.
Click here to view the route and for more spectator information.
Ahead of the event, event director Tim Possingham was looking forward to one of the biggest editions in its history.
“It’s looking really good. The weather is getting better and better each day, so we couldn’t ask for more perfect conditions,” Possingham said.
“We rapt with the interest in this year’s event and I think we have such a high number of competitors because people are just keen to get back out there, as well as the fact that we have a been in the spotlight due to many events being cancelled this year.
“I also think having the huge financial prize pool available for the first time has contributed – especially when an interstater can take home $20,000 if they win the event outright.
‘While it is one of our biggest from an entry list point of view, it is definitely the biggest in terms of all the community activations we will have throughout the weekend. There is so much going on every day for the general punter to enjoy.
“I am really keen to see how Eddie (Maguire) goes. He is in the number one car and I am expecting him to be fighting for the win. He’ll have his work cut out for him though with the likes of Angus Kennard and Tony Quinn traditionally doing well at this event.
“We’re really excited for it and I would like to thank all the drivers for their commitment to the event and the 346 dedicated officials who are volunteering their time and energy into helping put this rally on. Couldn’t do it without them.”
Fans wanting to keep up to date with the event can watch the livestream via the Adelaide Rally Facebook Page
or via rallyresults
The 2021 Shannons Adelaide Rally takes place around Adelaide on 25-28 November.