As you can read elsewhere, bushfires and heavy rain shortened the event dramatically.
The Alpine Rally of East Gippsland 2019 was planned as a shakedown event to get some seat time and relearn how to drive the car – rather than it driving us.
We were seeded car 91 – further down the field that we would have liked, but without any comparible competition over the past 2 years, was to be expected. Our plan was to move up as many places as possible after the 2 stages on Friday afternoon.
Unfortunately, the first stage was halted due to a major accident, so our only chance was to use the very short Bairnsdale speedway stage to show our speed. By the time we ran, darkness had fallen, and although the stage was floodlit, it was difficult to see the first section. However, we were =72 so a good jump up the order over a 1.5k stage.