New era for Tarmac Rallies in Western Australia



Tarmac Events WA Pty Ltd is the newly named event owner and organiser of Make Smoking History Tarmac West street rally held 7th to 10th September 2023.
Run under the sanctioning body Australian Auto-Sport Alliance (AASA), Make Smoking History Tarmac West 2023 will comprise of three short and fast Rallysprint events, namely Midland Toyota Ellenbrook Rallysprint held on Thursday, September 7 in the evening and on Sunday, September 10, Make Smoking History Malaga Rallysprint in the morning, and the City of Perth Rallysprint in the afternoon.
A Rallysprint sees drivers and co-drivers race against the clock in 30-second intervals over a short course and repeating the stage four times, making it spectacular to watch.
Sunday, September 10, is a day for the diary for every motorsport and motoring enthusiast. 
There will be The Engine Shop City Sprint on Sunday morning on the streets around the Terrace Road car park and Langley Park. Then there’s the Schlam Celebration of Motorsport and the Celebration of Hot Rods and Street Machines on Langley Park with hundreds of fine automobiles from all eras on display, along with the Shannons Classics on the Swan on the river’s edge.
And it’s all free. 
Healthway has confirmed its support by continuing its sponsorship of rallies run by Tarmac Events WA. 
Tarmac Events WA Director Ross Tapper said that Healthway has partnered with his organisation for 20 years. 
“We pride ourselves on building quality and lasting relationships with our sponsors and we couldn’t be happier that our partnership with Healthway as naming rights sponsor will continue under our new name with a new sanctioning body,” Mr Tapper said.
The former endurance four-day rally, Targa West, which was sanctioned by Motorsport Australia, is no longer due to MA’s regulation changes that require both driver and co-driver to be assessed to get expensive international licences which enforce speed restrictions for their first 10 events, regardless of motorsport experience. 
“The tarmac rally community have waited close to a year and a half for proposed changes from Motorsport Australia to lift the pause on events following the tragedies at Targa Tasmania in 2021 and 2022. They are still not fully released, and competitors in Western Australia have rejected MA’s proposal for the need for an International License and Driver and Co-Driver assessments,” Mr Tapper said.
“This has forced our hand and we have gone to AASA to provide us with a permit to run events and provide stability to allow us future plan our events. 
“As a result of those changes, our name has also changed to Tarmac Events WA.

“We are planning to run 15 rally events in the next year that requires the certainty that AASA can provide. 
“We will also be working on bringing back the full four-day Make Smoking History Tarmac West in September 2024. We look forward to a long working relationship with AASA.”
Mr Tapper said that spectators will enjoy high octane, exciting motorsport action and motorsport festival as they have in the past.
“While the changes affect our working operations, from a spectator point of view it will be similar exciting racing on the closed streets of Perth and Ellenbrook, along with a mega motoring and motorsport festival at Langley Park.”

The 2023 Tarmac Events WA Rally Calendar

Make Smoking History Tarmac West

7 – 10 September

The Engine Shop City Sprint

10 September

GT Fabrication Bunbury Rallysprint

19 November

Make Smoking History Tarmac Cup

Annual Series

Shannons Rallysprint at Perth Motorplex

Five events held on Thursdays once per month from November to March

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