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Rally rejects Speed rumour

REPCO Rally Australia has quashed rumours that Speed on Tweed has finally been approved for a revival after being given the blessing of its former director.

Roger Ealand, who created Speed on Tweed eight years ago, yesterday said the event had indeed been picked up by Repco Rally Australia, set to hold the Australian leg of the World Rally Championships in the Tweed and Kyogle shires.

His claims were dismissed by Repco Rally Australia.

A rally spokesperson said negotiations to bring the event back as a side show were continuing.

Mr Ealand was certain about the future of his Murwillumbah event yesterday.

“It's fantastic news for the event to continue. Nothing that good can be left alone,” Mr Ealand said.

Mr Ealand said he would not be running the event but would be on hand to help out where he could.

“It will use the same circuit as the rally championships during the day and they will use it at night,” he said.

“It hasn't been officially announced yet because the development application (DA) has yet to be approved.”

A spokesman for Repco Rally Australia denied Mr Ealand's claims.

“Speed on Tweed had yet to be officially picked up,” the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson confirmed a development application for the rally was still being processed.

“The old Speed on Tweed circuit is included in the DA, and that circuit will be used by the World Rally Championships on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night of the event,” he said.

Two other events, the Outback Classic Rally and Australian Tarmac Challenge, will also make use of the track on the Friday and Saturday during the September 3-6 event.