Earlier start to Rally Australia tonight

RALLY Australia organisers have revised the timetable for tonight's Castrol Edge Super Special Stage at Coffs Harbour's Jetty area to make it easier for spectators to move around the temporary street course.

After reviewing feedback from the first running of the stage on Thursday night, when thousands of people packed in for a spectacular night of World Rally Championship action, the timetable change specifically will allow more frequent and longer opportunities to cross the track.

Rally Australia General Manager Michael Masi said the revised timetable was part of ensuring the Jetty could successfully host another night of on-track and off-track entertainment.

"We had a fantastic turn-out of spectators for the first night but discovered a couple of parts of our plan needed tweaking to make it easier for spectators," he said.

"We hope they have a fantastic night at the track and then have plenty of time and opportunity to head into the Jetty's restaurant strip and enjoy the rest of their night.

"The Jetty traders are all geared up for a big night."

The changes tonight involve starting competitors in the Coffs Coast Classic Rally companion event first, from 4.50pm, instead of at the end of the program.

The World Rally cars will remain at their scheduled start time, 6.30pm, followed by Coffs Coast Forest Rally competitors.

The action will be suspended approximately every half-hour, including a 30-minute break from 6pm, to allow spectators to cross the track.

Organisers also are investigating measures to improve viewing around the crossing point for waiting spectators.

Tonight's timetable is - 3pm: Roads close; 3.30pm: Gates open; 4pm: Monster motocross stunt team; 4.20pm: Classic rally car demonstration; 4.50pm: Coffs Coast Classic Rally; 6pm: Track crossing open, 30 min (shorter track openings at regular intervals); 6.30pm: World Rally cars; 7.22pm: Coffs Coast Forest Rally.

For full highlights of last night's super special go to the World Rally Championship website. 

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