STARS AND CARS

The Shannons Adelaide Rally attracts an enormous variety of cars and drivers, from hard-core competitors to casual cruisers, with some pedigree champions thrown in. Here are some of the notable entries for 2019.

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Alan Jones

McLaren 720S Spider

Alan Jones is one of only two Australians ever to win the F1 world title, the first being Sir Jack Brabham. Jones delivered the Williams team its first championship with seven race wins and ten podium appearances in the 1980 F1 season. 


Jones will drive the stunning new 2019 McLaren 720S Spider in the Prima Tour on Thursday December 5 and Zagame Tour on the Friday and Saturday. With 530kW and only 1300-odd kilos, the scintillating 720S is sure to be a hit with the crowds in the hands of a former F1 champion.


See Alan:
•    Prima Tour, Thursday December 5
•    Stirling Lunch Stop, Friday December 6
•    Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party, Friday December 6
•    Birdwood Lunch Stop, Saturday December 7
•    On track in the Rundle Road Super Special Stage
•    East End Finale Party, Saturday December 7

James Courtney and Jack Perkins Lamborghini Huracán Evo

Supercars duo James Courtney and Jack Perkins stood on the podium at Bathurst this year, claiming third place in an action-packed Bathurst 1000.

 

Courtney’s career includes taking out the V8 Supercars series in 2010, the World Junior Karting Championship in 1995 and British Formula Ford Championship in 2000. His Bathurst co-driver Perkins is known as an endurance specialist, with 14 Bathurst 1000 starts to his name. The pair will share driving duties in a 2019 Lamborghini Huracán Evo.


The duo are sure to enjoy the Huracán Evo on the five closed road stages of the Prima Tour, with 470kW from its naturally aspirated V10 offering staggering acceleration – it will do 0-100 in 2.9 seconds…


See James and Jack:
•    Prima Tour, Thursday December 5

Alister McRae 
Subaru WRX STI

Alister’s connection to Subaru began in 1991, in a Liberty RS at the Rally of Great Britain. In the same event in 1998, he drove a works Subaru alongside his brother Colin in a one-off appearance. A former British and Asia Pacific Rally Champion, McRae took part in the Prima Tour category of the 2018 Adelaide Rally. 


McRae’s car for this event is the 2019 Subaru WRX STI Premium in the iconic World Rally Blue paintwork, the latest iteration of the legendary machine. The new model’s 2.5-litre turbocharged boxer engine delivers 221kW of power and 407Nm of torque to all four wheels, a recipe for fun in the tight and twisting roads of the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.


See Alister:
•    Prima Tour, Thursday December 5
•    Stirling Lunch Stop, Friday December 6
•    Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party, Friday December 6

Tim Slade
BMW M5 Competition

Slade is a ten-year veteran of the Supercars series, and two-time winner of the World Time Attack Challenge. He will drive the new BMW M5 Competition, a luxury saloon car with supercar-like performance figures. 

The M5 Competition’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 pushes out 460kw and 750nm, sufficient to propel the vehicle from standstill to 100kmh in 3.3 seconds. Its xDrive all-wheel drive system ensures the M5’s prodigious power is laid down effectively, making it a comfortable choice for the twisting roads chosen for the Adelaide Rally course.

See Tim:
•    Prima Tour, Thursday December 5
•    Stirling Lunch Stop, Friday December 6
•    Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party, Friday December 6
•    Birdwood Lunch Stop, Saturday December 7
•    On track in the Rundle Road Super Special Stage
•    East End Finale Party, Saturday December 7
 

Todd Hazelwood
Lotus Evora GT410

Hazelwood, an emerging talent in the Supercars series, scored his first top ten finish in front of a home crowd at this year’s Adelaide 500. He will line up for the Rally in a Lotus Evora GT410.

 

The flagship of the British marque’s range, the Evora GT410’s name is drawn from the power output of its supercharged 3.5-litre engine – 410hp (305kW). With a dry weight of only 1256kg, thanks in part to plentiful carbon fibre components, the Lotus reaches 100kmh in less than four seconds.


See Todd:
•     Prima Tour, Thursday December 5
•    Stirling Lunch Stop, Friday December 6
•    Amadio Wines Gouger Street Party, Friday December 6
•    Birdwood Lunch Stop, Saturday December 7
•    On track in the Rundle Road Super Special Stage
•    East End Finale Party, Saturday December 7

Jake Jones – Driftsquid 
RBM3

Jake Jones, better known as the Driftsquid, will be taking on the Rundle Road Super Special Stage in his Nissan RB28-powered BMW M3.


Hailing from the Barossa Valley, Jones has made a name in the competitive world of drifting, competing across Australia as well as in China and Japan.


His car, the RBM3, is a 2011 BMW M3 fitted with a Nissan GTR RB28 stroker engine making over 1000 horsepower. The sound this car makes needs to be heard to be believed, and the way it converts tyres into smoke is a sight to behold.


See Driftsquid:
•    East End Finale Party, Saturday December 7