Kidney Health Australia - 2018 Rally Wrap Up

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2018 Rally Wrap Up

Check back here for daily updates for the 2019 Rally Results between 9-17 August, 2019

2018 Rally Results

The route: Goulburn to Queanbeyan, via Ballarat

Open the list of daily scores and results

Congratulations rally fundraisers!

Congratulations to the top 3 fundraisers:  XPlant, Artline and Hi Quality Group, all top teams raised over $40,000. A special mention to team Hi Quality Group, who were also the highest fundraisers of the rally newcomers. Thank you and what an inspirational effort by all.

Where we rallied!

The 4000km, eight-day adventure began in Goulburn and travelled through many towns and villages as far south as Ballarat and finished at Queanbeyan.

Navigating through a variety of roads, tracks and trails through national parks and state forests seeing the best Australia has to offer. The course was a fun route and challenged and tested the skills of both driver and navigator.

Day 8 Albury to Queanbeyan

Thirty five cars left Albury at 8:00 am via the Ettamogah Pub towards Jingellic, where the observation questions caught a few out then into some forestry tracks around Rosewood and onto Tumut for a BBQ lunch hosted by the Tumut Lions Club.

The afternoon drive swung via Wee Jasper then the final “Fat Lady Sings” which was designed by Rally Director John Paine to be a real sting in the tail. This certainly proved to be the case as rain and sleet started falling just as cars set off on the final 79kms towards the finish near the Tidbinbilla tracking station.

Grimace Too dropped 3 points, Learning to Fly down 4 and the eventual winner of the Rally, Just Kidney-ing Around had 5 points for the day to hang on for a well-deserved win by only two points from Grimace Too who have driven in all 30 Kidney Kar Rallies.

Day 7  – Nagambie Lakes to Albury

After the daily drivers' briefing crews headed off at one-minute intervals from 8:00 am to cover some shire roads and lanes around Ruffy then via Swanpool before a lunch stop in Mansfield. After notifying crews of a route change due to rain several crews were seen driving through Mansfield as they missed the re direction to Swanpool.

After lunch the 36 cars still driving headed off via the roads around Whitfield and Carboor, before driving through some awesome tracks in Mt Pilot National Park and onto the overnight in Albury where a beautiful meal was enjoyed. The three joint day winners were Bathurst Surf Lifesavers, Bone Crusher and Alcheringa. Learning to Fly had closed the points gap to only three points behind Just Kidneying Around.

Day 6  – Ballarat to Nagambie Lakes

After a rest day in Ballarat, the fleet headed off at 8:00am for a great day of rallying through the Wombat State Fores, then north to a lunch break in Castlemaine. Several cars had withdrawn, however 40 cars started after repairs had been completed. Following lunch it was a pass over Mt Alexander and on via Heathcote to Nagambie Lakes via the Heathcote – Grayton National Park and adjoining forest tracks.

Day 6 winners were Learning to Fly, Kwikdraw and The Fuchs Bandit. Overall, Just Kidneying Around was holding on to a lead as Leraning to Fly and Grimace 2 narrowed the points lead.

Day 5 – Rest Day in Ballarat

A rest day in Ballarat was celebrated by a 1989 theme night – a special theme to mark the 30th Kidney Kar Rally

Day 4 – Sale to Ballarat

Day 4 was to prove to be a day of highs and lows for the rally as crews set out at 7:00 am with 328 kms to drive before lunch at Yea. The first part of the day included some back roads and some tight forest tracks before tackling the tarmac roads through Reefton Spur to Mansfield, however this part of the journey had to be cancelled due to safety concerns as snow settled on the climb up the mountain.

After lunch, crews drove via Tallarook towards the overnight stop and a well deserved rest day in Ballarat. Four winners cleared day four including; Bone Crusher, Diamond Protection, Alcheringa and The Renewables.

A first for the Kar rally and a definite highlight– participants were surprised by the Rally wedding for Where’s Wally. Congratulations to Grahame (Wally) and Sue!

Day 3  – Merimbula to Sale

Only 39 Kidney Kars were left to start the morning from Merimbula at 7:00am heading south - west via Towamba to Orbost through the South East Forests and Cann River. After lunch, the rally continued via the fabulous Forest roads either side of the Princes Highway onto Sale.

Total distance for the day was 550 kms. With many teams electing to repair their cars from the previous tough two days. Equal winners were Diamond Protection, Team Murray and Team Thommo.

Day 2  – Goulburn to Merimbula

Kidney Kar Rally crews left Goulburn at an early 7:30am start and navigated their way south towards Merimbula. They covered 300kms before taking a well earned lunch break in Narooma, catered by the local Rotary Club.

Following lunch in Narooma the rally headed through some local forest roads, before it pulled up stumps for the final stage, which was cancelled due to delays during the morning and headed to Merimbula. Cogman had a clean run on day two with no points lost to take the days win. Just Kidney Around took the overall lead closely followed by Bathurst Renal Failures and The Artline Team.

Day 1  – Goulburn to Goulburn

The 2018 Kidney Kar Rally departed Goulburn, with 45 kars travelling via the back roads around Collector, Gundaroo, Rugby, Binda to a lunch break hosted by the Crookwell Public School before the afternoon drive via Taralga and Swallow Tail Pass then back to Goulburn to retire into the night.  The convoy travelled over 467kms during the days loop with team Learning to Fly in the lead of day one.

Motorsports Raffle No. 17

Congratulations to the winners of our 2018 Kidney Kar Rally Raffle;

1st prize $1500 Bunnings Voucher: #02354 Braedon Good
sold by Lou Marevich

2nd prize $500 Harvey Norman Voucher: #00789 Barb Robinson
sold by Vicky Colley

Thank you to everyone who entered - your support means a lot to Kidney Health Australia and the Kidney Kids!