PHOTO: Chris Atkinson (right) and Pokerface Surfboards maker David Scott with the Armor All Shootout trophy.
AUSTRALIAN World Rally Championship (WRC) ace Chris Atkinson has unveiled what is set to be a sought-after prize among drivers from many countries at this week’s Coates Hire Rally Australia – the Armor All Shootout trophy.
In iconically Aussie fashion on the Coffs Coast of New South Wales, Atkinson unveiled the one-of-a-kind trophy – a hand crafted surfboard designed by Coffs Harbour shaper David Scott of Pokerface Surfboards.
Designed specifically for the Australian leg of the WRC, the Armor All Shootout is a unique format which will award the driver who secures the fastest aggregate time over four runs of the Hyundai Super Special Stage at the Coates Hire Rally Australia on Friday and Saturday nights.
“We’re delighted to reinforce our partnership as the official car care products sponsor of the Coates Hire Rally Australia by supporting this fantastic concept,” said Paul Blair Armored Auto Group Managing Director – Australia & New Zealand.
“The Armor All Shootout is a fresh concept to the WRC and its layout as a ‘competition within a competition’ will really add some extra excitement for the Australian fans this weekend on the Coffs Coast.”
Drivers from Finland, Germany, France, Belgium, Norway, UK, Australia, New Zealand and others will be vying to take home the unusual trophy.
“This is a really cool concept and an even cooler prize which I’m sure all of the drivers will want to get their hands on,” said Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Atkinson.
“I’ve been competing in the WRC since 2005 and we’ve never had something like this before so it will be great for the fans that we can bring something a little different to the World Championship event next weekend.”
The Hyundai Super Special Stage will run over an action packed 1.6 kilometre course just three kilometres south of the city centre.
The SSS is expected to attract thousands of spectators on the Friday and Saturday nights of the rally to see the world’s best drivers tackle a tight and challenging tarmac and gravel layout in the precincts of the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
The stadium will also host the Hi-Tec Oils Service Park for around 70 cars contesting the WRC, East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship and supporting events. The Pedders Suspension Coffs Coast 400 off road race will run over the weekend on a separate course.
ARMOR ALL is excited about becoming the Official Car Care Products Sponsor of the increasingly popular East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship. The ARMOR ALL Power Stage is a standalone stage contested by the fastest drivers at each Event, with its own dedicate television broadcast with a dedicated segment broadcast on national television. Watch out for ARMOR ALL Ambassador Scott Pedder as he pushes his Walkinshaw Renault to the extremes.
ARMOR ALL is also the Official Car Care Products Sponsor of Coates Hire Rally Australia, Australia’s leg of the World Rally Championship. With Aussie Chris Atkinson driving in this year’s event interest levels will be at record levels, with ARMOR ALL represented throughout all aspects of the broadcast which is shown to all areas of the world.