You should be safe planning on using a rental. All of the setup runs have been done in stock road cars with no skid plate, usually on all-season tires. Back in 2002, when the logging company graded one stage a few days before the rally, it was a bit of a tire-slicer, but since then we have always managed to convince them to delay grading until after the rally.
If it gets very wet, the road surface can turn to baby poo, which makes a special chanllenge for 1wd rental cars on all-seasons.
This is a VERY tentative schedule - TO BE CONFIRMED:
Thursday October 13
21:00-22:00 Recce seminar
Friday October 14
8:00-15:00 Recce (leg 1 and 2)
16:00-19:00 Parc Exposé & Scrutineering
19:30 Mandatory meeting for all seed 5 & 6 teams
20:00 Drivers' meeting and introduction of officials
20:30 Ceremonial Start (start of Leg 1)
23:00 End of Leg 1, Parc fermé
Saturday October 15
10:00 Start of second leg
18:00 End of Leg 2 and End of Rally
20:00 ? 23:00 Worker appreciation party and awards
We are aiming to provide an in-town spectator stage on Friday night and a close to town spectator stage during Saturday. Details are being negotiated and to be confirmed.
If you are planning to attend - please send your team profile to me ASAP as we're planning the layout of the spectator guides over the next weeks.
Sorry Warwick, I guess I should clarify ... for any rally that we've pacenoted and then run as a rally for a second time, I obviously spend WAYYYYY less time working on my books than any other situation.
First time pacenoting an event is a LOT of work for me and even any time I run a Jemba/organizer-supplied-notes event, I still put in several hours getting the notes (and route book) ready.
So yes, it definitely gets easier if you run the same pacenoted rallies over and over and there aren't too many stage changes ... but every Rally America event we run, it's just as much book work for me as it always has been.