Stepping onto the global motorsport stage, Australia’s leading equipment hire company, Coates Hire will host the FIA World Rally Championship on 12-15 September 2013.
Part of the World Rally Championship, the Coates Hire Rally Australia will be contested in the surrounds of the northern New South Wales town of Coffs Harbour.
Star drivers including Sebastien Ogier (France), Dani Sordo (Spain), Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen (both Finland) and Thierry Neuville (Belgium) are among up to 70 competitors from overseas and around Australia expected to contest the Coates Hire Rally Australia in the WRC and support categories.
Two Australians, Adrian Coppin from Canberra, and Molly Taylor, a Sydney-sider currently competing in Europe, have also announced their participation in the rally.
With the cars based on popular, recognisable showroom models and stages run mostly on closed public roads, the WRC is an attractive battleground for motor manufacturers to showcase their products.
The Coates Hire Rally Australia will also feature an entertainment program that includes daily and nightly activities at the Brelsford Park Rally Hub, close to the centre of Coffs Harbour.
Attractions include the Red Bull Stunt Plane – Friday and Saturday over the Rally Hub and Sunday over the Flooded Gum Rally Village spectator point; the RAAF Roulettes stunt team - Friday and Saturday over the Rally Hub and Sunday over the Flooded Gum Rally Village spectator point; Freestyle Moto-X, featuring X Games gold medallist and Nitro Circus star Cam Sinclair; Samantha Jade – 2012 X Factor, performing at the Rally Hub on Saturday night; Thunderstruck – AC/DC tribute band, performing at the Rally Hub on Friday night; Skydivers over the Rally Hub; and Live TV on a giant screen at the Rally Hub.
Event Manager, David Catchpole comments that the Coates Hire Rally Australia will combine awesome rally action, and musical and extreme-sport entertainment to thrill every spectator.
The 2013 Coates Hire Rally Australia is the 22nd edition of this spectacular event and the third since it moved to New South Wales from Western Australia.