THE consequences of heavy rain in recent days over the Coffs Coast region of New South Wales have led Rally Australia organisers to cancel a planned course inspection by an international driver.
Young Welsh star Elfyn Evans, the defending FIA World Rally Championship Academy winner, was to have visited the coast from next Monday to review the proposed course.
Rally Australia Clerk of Course Adrian Stafford said the inspection had been cancelled to avoid driving on rain-affected roads.
“The storm currently passing along the NSW coast has delivered some flooding and lots of fallen trees,” Mr Stafford said.
“I have been out to some of the higher areas and in fact have driven a couple of short sections of the course.
“I am amazed how well our rally roads handle this amount of rain. If it was actually rally time we could put sufficient resources into the forests to clear fallen trees and ensure the event would run.
“However, to ask forestry and other manpower currently deployed on assisting the community just to open up the rally course for an inspection is not warranted.”
Elfyn Evans will now return to Britain after he contests the opening round of the 2013 East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship in Canberra next weekend.
.About Rally Australia
Rally Australia on 12-15 September 2013 will be the 22nd WRC event in Australia and the third since it moved to New South Wales from Western Australia. The 2011 rally attracted more than 13,000 individual visitors to the Coffs Coast, generating more than 64,000 bed nights and a net economic impact of $14.8 million, according to Destination NSW. The shire and forestry roads of the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Bellingen and Clarence Valley local government areas provide a true challenge for the WRC drivers against a magnificent backdrop of subtropical coastal and hinterland scenery.
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About the FIA World Rally Championship
The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is widely regarded as the world’s most challenging motorsport championship. Rounds in 13 countries pit drivers in highly-modified versions of popular production cars over a series of timed “special stages” on surfaces varying from gravel and asphalt to snow and ice. Started in 1973, the WRC over the years has been a battleground for makes including Toyota, Subaru, Ford, Citroen, Fiat, Audi, Mitsubishi, Mini and Peugeot. Volkswagen and Hyundai are poised to join the series, which attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators in some countries and a huge global television audience. The WRC is regulated and controlled by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motorsport worldwide.
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