Expect to park about ~1km from the start and take a bus to the start line.... for years the pit area has been small. Don't expect to get far up the hill to spectate unless you are at the gates around 4am. Gates open at 8am. The bus up and back from the parking area, near the dam, goes most of the day. You can walk in the woods along the route to a good spot to watch after 9 or 10am I think. They stop travel up the competition route after 9am
There's no re-entry to the hill/tollgate either (no hand stamp).