RALLY CATEGORIES EXPLAINED
The Shannons Adelaide Rally includes competitive and non-competitive touring categories to suit drivers and vehicles of all levels. Participating vehicles range from purpose-built racing machines to stock standard cars, and they compete or participate in a number of different ways.
This is the premium category in the event, running over the full four days. There are two separate competitions: Classic, for vehicles made prior to 1986, and Modern, for vehicles manufactured from 1986 onward. A third category, Category S, is available for specialist vehicles not fitting with the technical regulations. Category S cars run with the field but are not eligible for trophies.
Competition category is timed and trophies awarded to the top three placegetters in Classic and Modern categories. The outright winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and the highest placed crew from outside of South Australia also receives $10,000 in the Adelaide Tourist Trophy competition. Cost is $3995
The Challenge category is also competitive, with trophies awarded to the top three Classic and Modern finishers. A $5,000 cash prize goes to the winner of the Challenge category.
Challenge entrants have a speed limit of 130kmh, which is monitored by a Rallysafe device, with time penalties for breaches of this limit.
Technical freedoms exist in this class to allow entrants with highly modified street cars and hillclimb cars to enter, which may otherwise not meet regulations for the main competition. Cost is $2795
Redefining the spirited drive, the Spirit category runs over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Shannons Adelaide Rally.
Spirit is an untimed, non-competitive category, with a speed limit on closed-road stages of 120kmh, monitored by a Rallysafe device. Entrants are required to wear helmets and meet other safety requirements.
While non-competitive, Spirit offers drivers the opportunity to focus purely on driving at swift road speeds, without oncoming traffic, cyclists or pedestrians on roads that are serpentine, tight roads that reliver exceptional experience. Cost is $2695
The Main Tour category is all about the freedom of closed-road touring. Nowhere in Australia is there a tour with such intense serpentine roads in such close proximity to the event base and one with such a festive feel.
Participants run ahead of the Adelaide Rally competitors in packets, each with a tour leader who sets a swift and enjoyable pace on narrow, twisting roads. Tour vehicles are required to observe posted speed limits or 80kmh, whichever is higher on the applicable section of road. This allows for spirited driving on the tight and technical roads chosen for the Rally course. Cost is $1995
The Shannons Prima Tour is a one-day event that is integrated into Day 1 of the Shannons Adelaide Rally. It is open to modern and classic cars.
Prima Tour is a leisurely drive through some of the state's most picturesque driving roads, with a shot of adrenaline before lunch at The Bridgewater Mill by way of 3 closed road activities.
Participants must observe posted speed limits, which allows for a challenging and enjoyable experience, using both sides of the road on three serpentine closed road stages up to 20km in length.
New stages added for 2021. Cost is $795