Coffs awaits Aussie rally stars
THERE'S only 30 days to go until round five of the 2012 Bosch Australian Rally Championship hits Coffs Harbour.
The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally will be racing through the forest roads from October 12 to 14 and CEO of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, Scott Pedder, said it's only right Coffs Harbour gets to host such a prestigious rallying event.
"Coffs Harbour is synonymous with rallying in Australia from back in the Southern Cross days," Mr Pedder said.
"Obviously Rally Australia is the pinnacle event throughout Australia and the drivers love these roads, these are the best roads in Australia and this area is so well known and historic in the sport of rallying."
The roads in the Sherwood Forests and near Lowanna and Ulong will be roaring with more than 80 driving teams flying over the dirt roads as they compete in four different sections.
Like the Rally Australia event last year that saw the world's best drivers come to Coffs Harbour, the service park will again be based at the airport but this year there will no stages at the Jetty foreshore.
Mr Pedder said preparations for the event are running well.
"The Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally is going fantastically well four weeks out and it's been a huge event lead up with huge support from the local community and I'm looking forward to a fantastic event," he said.
"The support from the local community, Forest NSW, Police, the airport and the Coffs Harbour Council has been unprecedented.
"It's similar to Rally Australia last year and we enjoy a great relationship with all those people and the feedback and preparations are underway and we're just looking forward to a fantastic event in four weeks time."
When it came to ensuring a crack field would participate in the Coffs Coast Rally, Mr Pedder added there didn't need to be much effort put after the feedback the roads received from the World Rally Championship drivers 12 months ago.
The CEO added there's one particular stage the drivers are particularly looking to.
"The Bushmans-Shipmans stage which was one of the stages from Rally Australia last year is I think one of the best stages in Australia," he said.
"The WRC drivers absolutely raved about that stage last year and we get the opportunity to do it twice on the Saturday I believe, it's a pretty special place to go rallying that's for sure."
Several spectator points within a 30 minute drive of Coffs Harbour's CBD will be set up to ensure motorsport fans will get the opportunity to once again see the best show on dirt up close and loud.