Rally plans begin to take shape
THERE’S still more than seven months to go before the Coffs Coast hosts a round of the World Rally Championships but race organisers aren’t resting.
In fact, the office at Opal Cove Resort is working overtime to get everything ready with plenty of time to spare.
Rally Australia’s Competitor Services and Sporting Manager Janah McLean says an event fitting of such a high-profile organisation will be created.
“The proposed itinerary for Rally Australia will be finalised soon, however, crews can expect a compact yet challenging event using a combination of public and forestry roads,” McLean said.
“It is anticipated that the event will have around 360km of Special Stages and 750km of liaison.
“Crews will return to the central service park once during each of the three competition days.”
Following a number of meetings in Coffs Harbour over recent weeks organisers are pleased to announce that the large service park required for an event of this magnitude will be located at the northern end of Coffs Harbour airport.
Other key locations have also been locked in with rally headquarters located at Opal Cove Resort.
The eyes of the world will be on the Coffs Coast from September 8 to 11 and help make the renowned forest roads of the Coffs Coast look good, plans are currently under way for the media centre to be located at a spacious venue very close to the service park.
McLean says an appeal has gone out to all teams that are part of the World Rally Championship to ignore the tyranny of distance and ensure that Coffs Harbour is part of their itinerary. The positive history that Coffs Harbour has built up over many years with a round of the national championship is something that she feels all drivers should go out of their way to experience.
“Competitors running a limited WRC program in 2011 should make sure that they include Rally Australia in their planning,” she said.
“The locals are very supportive of the rally and it promises to be a very friendly event with great weather and fantastic roads.”