WRC Rally back on Coffs Coast in 2014 and probably longer
RALLY Australia will return to the Coffs Coast in 2014.
The FIA World Rally Championship round is as one of New South Wales' biggest international sports events and will be staged on September 11-14 after confirmation from Federation de l'Automobile.
After the successful staging of the 2013 Coates Hire Rally Australia just two weekends ago - won by Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier - early confirmation of a change from biennial to annual frequency will allow the organisers and partners to maintain the momentum and devote more resources to enhancing the event.
Rally Australia chairman Ben Rainsford said confirmation is great news.
"It is also a reward for the Coffs Coast community, which made a very big contribution to the success of our recent event and the previous one in 2011, he said.
"I thank Coffs Harbour City Council and the many other parties that have supported our bid for an annual WRC round.
"Knowing that we can turn around straight away on organising 2014 means we can retain local staff, supply chains, logistical arrangements and potentially sponsors and put more time into improving the attractions for spectators.
"We're already reviewing plans for 2014 and hope to announce some new initiatives soon."
Rainsford said Rally Australia had signed a contract for events in 2014 and 2015 although confirmation of the second year would be subject to the normal FIA processes.
Rally Australia also was pressing ahead with a bid for 2016.