Rally Australia weighs up a shift to Sydney
UPDATE: RALLY Australia is contemplating having a greater presence in Sydney, as momentum grows for a WRC round to return Down Under next year.
The rally world is a buzz with news that a Tour de France-style finish could happen in the state capital after the competing WRC teams told organisers they wanted greater exposure for their brands that could be achieved in Sydney.
One possibility is the rally finishing with a super special stage finale at Homebush.
Rally Australia yesterday remained resolute it wanted to keep a presence on the Coffs Coast, even though it is weighing up the logistics of shifting the rally 500km south to Sydney mid-event.
Rally Australia currently has a multi-year agreement in place with the WRC.
It is now waiting for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile to next week ratify an Australian round in 2014.
Leading rally news websites say Rally Australia is on the verge of returning to the WRC calendar on a regular basis, for a possible three years from 2015.
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TUESDAY 12PM: DESPITE the success of Rally Australia held recently on the Coffs Coast, it's believed competing World Rally Championship teams have told organisers they want greater exposure for their brands in Sydney.
With this in mind Rally Australia organisers, already working hard on ensuring a WRC return Down Under in 2014, are contemplating the event having a greater presence in Sydney.
"Obviously it is a massive investment for the WRC teams to compete in Australia and they hope to gain maximum exposure for their investment and the opportunity to showcase their brands in the state capital," Rally Australia media manager Chris Nixon said.
The Australian organising body currently has a multi-year agreement in place with the WRC, but is waiting for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile to next week ratify an Australian round in 2014.