Rally preparations hit top gear
THE transformation of the Jetty Foreshores is under way with just seven days to go until Rally Australia roars into action on the Coffs Coast.
As the hype builds from Nam-bucca Heads to Grafton, the World Rally Championship circuit on the Coffs Harbour waterfront is rising from the ground up.
Rally Australia's work crews have started to assemble the 600-seat grandstand alongside the Gallows Beach car park.
The two-storey corporate hospitality suite has also been erected next to the boat ramp.
Rally Australia general manager Michael Masi said a 40sq m big screen would also be a focal point on the harbour.
The big screen next to the corporate suite will project all of the action to the trackside crowds.
“The Coffs Harbour waterfront provides the ultimate backdrop to Rally Australia's showpiece events, the super special stages, commencing next Thursday,” Mr Masi said.
“The tarmac circuit and the trackside amenities are really starting to take shape.
“The safety barriers have started to be placed along Jordan Esplanade and motorists are reminded there will minor traffic delays on the roads around the harbour while the work is carried out.”
Rally Australia's super special stage project manager Rob Van Leeuwen said the circuit would be completed in time for circuit reconnaissance next Wednesday.
Mr Van Leeuwen has previously served as a consultant overseeing construction of Rally Australia circuits in Tweed Heads in 2009 and Western Australia for 18 years.
“I have got to say this is the best backdrop I've ever had to work with, the rally world is going to love the scenes from Rally Australia's super special stages here on the Coffs Coast,” he said.
Transformation of the Jetty Foreshores into a world-class harbourside track is coinciding with work at the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport to build the service park.
Tickets for a spot trackside are selling fast and can be purchased from Wow Sight and Sound or online via Ticketek.