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 September 12-15.
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 first-class 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.