Spectators to get a great deal at Rally Australia
THE upcoming round of the World Rally Championship to be held on the Coffs Coast could lay claims to being the "Spectator's Rally".
After a lengthy review of the inaugural event in 2011, event organisers have worked hard on making this September's version even better for those wanting to see the best rally drivers in the world in action.
A more compact course and major expansion of spectating options, including the city-based, nightly ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage and the all-new Flooded Gum Rally Village on the final day, have been designed to appeal to everyone from dedicated rally fans to families.
The 22nd Rally Australia will showcase the talents of driving stars such as Sebastien Ogier of France, Finland's Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala, Dani Sordo of Spain and Evgeny Novikov of Russia as the WRC visits the Coffs Coast for Round 10 of its 13-nation tour.
"Coates Hire Rally Australia will be the ultimate entertainment experience, with drivers contesting motorsport's most challenging international series against the backdrop of the beautiful Coffs Coast tourist region," event manager David Catchpole said.
"And spectators won't need to be rally fans to enjoy every minute. The WRC brings fan-friendly stars from many countries, the drama of fierce competition to be World Champion and a fantastic crowd atmosphere on the Stages.
"If you haven't seen a WRC rally before, it's international sport at its best."
Organisers expect the most popular venues to be the ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage at the Rally Hub in Brelsford Park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, and the Flooded Gum Rally Village on Sunday's Wedding Bells Special Stage.
In one location buzzing with action day and night just a block from the centre of Coffs Harbour, the Rally Hub will combine the ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage, Service Park and merchandise and food outlets.
Cars on the Super Special Stage will race two-at-a-time in pursuit style on the former velodrome and adjacent streets.
General Admission, Grandstand and Corporate Hospitality viewing will be available.
Daytime Special Stages will be grouped in a Central Leg on Friday, Southern Leg on Saturday and Northern Leg on Sunday, all within easy driving distance of Coffs Harbour.
"Enthusiast" tickets will provide full facilities, while lower-priced "Community" tickets are expected to appeal to dedicated enthusiasts willing to drive or walk some extra distance.
Spectating highlights will include the event's longest stage, the 50km Nambucca I and II on Saturday, and, on Sunday, the Flooded Gum Rally Village and Power Stage.
Flooded Gum will allow extended viewing of the rally cars from three different aspects.
Four spectator points, including a water splash at Shipmans Rd, will cover the rally closing Power Stage, a challenging 29km test that could decide the overall result.
The $15 ticket buys adult general admission to all "Community" spectator points on any day.
But on the evidence of the previous Coffs Coast Rally Australia in 2011, most spectators are likely to buy an Event Super Pass, which will admit holders to all locations from Thursday to Sunday.
The pass will cost $175, or $195 with grandstand seating at the ARMOR ALL Super Special Stage.
A Family Event Super Pass for two adults and two children aged between 5 and 16 is priced at $559.
- The Coates Hire Rally Australia is being held from September 12 to 15.
- Tickets are now on sale from rallyaustralia.com.au and ticketek.com at pre-event discount prices as low as $15 offers viewing at 30 locations on 22 competition Special Stage over three days and three nights.