Rally route will be spectacular
A SPECTACULAR and challenging route will take the world’s best drivers through forests and farming land and along the sea front on the World Rally Championship’s inaugural visit to the Coffs Coast for Rally Australia this September.
The route, announced today, covers a total of 369km on 26 timed competitive stages within a radius of approximately 75 kms north, west and south of the rally base and encompassing the Nambucca, Bellingen, Coffs Harbour and Clarence Valley Shires.
Rally Australia, Round 10 of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship, will start with rally car displays, driver presentations and entertainment in Coffs Harbour, 535 kms north of Sydney, on the evening of Thursday, September 8.
It will finish on the city’s waterfront, the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores on Sunday afternoon of September 11.
The battle for one of the most prestigious prizes in world motorsport, featuring drivers including seven-time champion Sebastien Loeb and Citroen teammate Sebastien Ogier from France, Ford aces Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala from Finland, Formula 1 champion Kimi Raikkonen, Norway’s Petter Solberg and American Ken Block, will showcase the Coffs Coast with dedicated television coverage in more than 180 countries.
The final test, a feature of all WRC rounds called the Power Stage, will be broadcast live around the world from the Clarence Valley.
Organisers expect up to 100 cars to enter, including those contesting the Coffs Coast Forest Rally round of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship and the Coffs Coast Classic Rally.
Spectator points will be provided throughout the route, but the biggest crowds are expected at the Super Special Stage to be run on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights in The Jetty precinct on the Coffs Harbour waterfront.
Daytime stages on all-gravel shire and forestry roads have been designed to take the rally to hinterland areas on Friday, southern areas on Saturday and the northern areas on Sunday.