A PODIUM finish in the Coffs Coast Classic Rally would complete the rallying careers of Coffs Coast locals Mal Keogh and Pip Bennett.

Competing in a hard-to-miss yellow Datsun 1600, they hope to capitalise on local knowledge and a wealth of rallying experience to try to better their second place finish in the ARC Classic Rally in Forster in 2007.

"I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity the Coffs Coast has been given in hosting a round of the World Rally Championships," Mal said.

"Coffs has always been a rally mecca since the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Hosting the Australian Rally Championships has set up the region to host Rally Australia."

Mal and co-driver Pip will complete their reconnaissance of the stages in the Nambucca Valley today.

Both say they can't wait for the chance to get the 'Dato' sideways during the harbour's super special stage.

"I've been on the bobcat working for the Coffs Council to build the gardens at the Jetty Foreshores, all along I've been counting down the days to the rally," Mal said

"Now that it's here we have 10 hours of (reconnaissance) to complete, course scrutineering and the drivers' briefing then it's down to business tomorrow."



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