The organisers of the Mitta Mountain Rally want to make it an enjoyable experience for those competitors from NSW. A summary of key differences between normal practice at NSW state championship events and what occurs at Mitta was provided for previous events. A significant difference to previous Mitta events that have been part of the NSWRC is that competitors cannot enter both NSWRC and VRC components, which has simplified registration and series sponsor signage. The remaining differences are not major, although the penalties on road sections in Victoria did catch out a few previously.
Refuelling in Mitta can only occur in the refuel zone adjacent to the service park. Time is allowed to refuel on the road section leaving the start and each time leaving the service park. This prevents refuelling being rushed while other pressing work may be required during service sections. There will be a need for remote refuel zones in both Heat 1 and 2. A refuel trailer will be provided to take fuel to the Heat 1 and Heat 2 remote refuel.
Penalties on Road Sections
In Victoria the penalty for late arrival at a Time Control is 5 seconds per minute late, as per the NRC. This has not been found to cause any public relations issues in Victoria.
Results and Awards
Previously at Mitta results were final on the day at 1930 if no protests received. Since 2022 results are now only provisional on the day, but awards are presented at the post event function on the same day.
These are not used in Victoria. Competitors can use the Rallysafe unit time, which is linked to Rallysafe tablets used at all Time Controls, to judge when to enter Time Controls.
There will be no media day at Mitta.
Wheelspin at stage starts
Although this applies in some Victorian events, it will not apply at Mitta.
Of course there will be other idiosyncrasies, some written, some not, that have not been covered here, but hopefully the above eases the trauma of crossing the Murray River into the Deep South!