JOHN PATERSON TO LEAD ORGANISATION OF OFF-ROAD RACE AT WRC RALLY AUSTRALIA

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JOHN PATERSON TO LEAD ORGANISATION OF OFF-ROAD RACE AT WRC RALLY AUSTRALIA

EXPERIENCED off-road racing official John Paterson will lead the organisation of Coffs Coast
Off-Road, a key support event of the FIA World Rally Championship Rally Australia round on
the New South Wales Coffs Coast in September.
Coffs Coast Off-Road, a round of the 2013 Australian Off-Road Championship, is expected to
be run on private and forestry tracks north of Coffs Harbour.
It will be part of a week of motorsport activity around Rally Australia, round 10 of the WRC, on
12-15 September.
Rally Australia’s sporting chief, Clerk of Course Adrian Stafford, announced Mr Paterson’s
appointment to lead the organisation of the subsidiary event and also to serve as its Clerk of
Course.
“John has had many years in senior sporting roles in off-road racing, including at the famous
Kempsey International, and also serves as a series Steward,” Mr Stafford said.
“He is highly regarded by competitors and with his experience I’m sure will put together a firstclass
event on the Coffs Coast.
“Many fans and intending competitors have been keen to hear about the details of the event.
With John now on board we will move as quickly as possible to answer their questions.”
Mr Stafford said the event was planned to add an extra experience for spectators, who would be
given options to attend both the rally and off-road competitions, as well as showcase the
excitement of Australia off-road racing scene to international visitors.
Mr Paterson will make his first reconnaissance of potential locations this week, assessing roads
and facilities for their suitability to host a two-day competition on an extended loop course.
Recruitment of officials for Coffs Cast Off-Road will run in conjunction with Rally Australia’s
registration process.
Off-road fans are encouraged to register on the Rally Australia website, www.rallyaustralia.com.
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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.
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.
For further information, please contact:
Adrian Stafford Chris Nixon
Clerk of Course Media Manager
Rally Australia M. +61 418 759 417
M. +61 418 915 930 E. [email protected]

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