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ORGANISERS of September’s FIA World Rally Championship event in New South Wales plan to base a spectacular headquarters for competition, entertainment and operations on the Coffs Harbour foreshore.

Rally Australia, round 10 of the WRC on 12-15 September, has applied to the State Government to use an area between the southern end of the harbour and just north of Marina Drive for its Rally Hub.

The hub would incorporate the competition Super Special Stage on Jordan Esplanade used for the 2011 rally, plus areas to the north for the teams’ Service Park (pits), overnight secure car compound (parc ferme), food and merchandise stalls and a stage.

The plans were outlined to executives of Coffs Harbour City Council in a meeting last week.

Rally Australia Event Manager David Catchpole said the Rally Hub was planned to be the focal point of rally week, where spectators would find action or entertainment at almost any time of day.

“We really want to create a big central attraction in the foreshore and jetty area with plenty of action and atmosphere,” Mr Catchpole said.

“The Service Park will be where the fastest rally cars in the world are based, where they return from the Special Stages for regular attention and where you might catch the autograph of a famous international rally driver.

“Entry will be free and spectators will be able to walk between the garages to see team members close-up as they work on the cars in their own race against time.

“In the evening, spectators will be able to walk across the road and purchase a ticket to watch the Super Special Stage competition over three nights.”

Mr Catchpole said Rally Australia was fully aware of the environmental issues around the foreshore and jetty and would take steps to mitigate any potential impact of the event.

Independent surveys conducted before, during and after the 2011 Rally Australia established there had been minimal impact, but the organisation would take further measures to improve its environmental compliance.

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Community members are invited to comment on the Rally Hub plan by contacting Rally Australia via the following details –

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (02) 6648 4972
Post: PO Box 1234, Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450

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:

David Catchpole Chris Nixon
Event Manager Media Manager
Rally Australia M. +61 418 759 417
M. +61 417 645 197 E. [email protected]

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