Rally tickets popular

THE opportunity to see three days of high-octane action has been too good to pass up for the Coffs Coast residents who want to see plenty of Rally Australia action.

Pre-event ticket sales indicate that most spectators want to see nothing less than the full three days and three nights of World Rally Championship excitement on the Coffs Coast next month.

While ticket prices start from only $15, a $99 Event Super Pass allowing entry to a gravel Special Stage spectator park every day and the Super Special Stages every night is overwhelmingly the most popular ticket bought so far at Ticketek.com.au.

Rally Australia General Manager Michael Masi said intending spectators should follow the lead of those who have already purchased their spots at the rally and buy their tickets now.

“If you want save money, avoid queues at the gate and ensure the gravel Special Stage Spectator or Enthusiast point you choose is not full when you get there, it's best to buy a ticket now,” Masi said.

“There's a wide choice of daily and all-event passes to suit any budget or preference, but the $99 Event Super Pass is great value and I'm not surprised it represents a high proportion of the ticket sales so far.

“And many of these are from outside the Coffs Coast region, suggesting people will be staying for three nights and that local traders will benefit from additional spectator spending on food, accommodation, fuel and other items.”

Rally Australia is round 10 of this year's FIA World Rally Championship and it starts on Thursday, September 8, with the first of three nightly Super Special Stage competitions beside the Coffs Harbour Jetty waterfront.

It will finish in the same area three days later after teams from around the world complete 26

stages and almost 370km of high-speed action to the north, south and west of the rally base.

Pre-event ticket prices from Ticketek are cheaper than on-event gate prices and ensure access to Spectator and Enthusiast points.

Tickets are available exclusively from Ticketek, via the internet, phone and retail outlets throughout Australia, including the Coffs Harbour WOW Sight and Sound store.

“It will be an opportunity for spectators of all kinds to witness the skills of these spectacular drivers and experience all the exciting atmosphere of a world championship contest,” Masi said.

Spectator points will provide full amenities, including shuttle trans- port or parking, food, beverage and souvenir outlets and toilets. Grandstand seating will be available at the Super Special Stage.

Enthusiast points on daytime stages are designed for more adventurous spectators.

They will provide better vantage points but may involve walk-in access and fewer amenities.

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