Motorsport Australia to bring the Rally back to Coffs for 2021

Deputy Premier John Barilaro, Motorsport Australia president Andrew Fraser, Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight and Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh at the rally announcement at C.ex Coffs International Stadium. Photo: supplied.

 

ON Tuesday this week Deputy Premier John Barilaro and Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh announced $500,000 to support bringing the rally back to the Coffs Coast area from 26 to 28 November this year.

President of Motorsport Australia Mr Andrew Fraser said, “We are very excited to bring the rally back to Coffs Harbour, and we are making it a free event this year to encourage people to come and enjoy this world class event.

“Many people seem to be born with motorsport in their blood, and we aim to convert the others with stunning events like this.”

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Motorsport Australia has announced that the event will encompass the final round of the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship (ARC) and the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) finale.

The new look ‘Coffs Coast Rally’ will see competitors from across Australia, New Zealand and Asia head to New South Wales for the event, with stages previously used in Rally Australia as part of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The international event will crown both Australia’s best rally crew of 2021 as the sixth round of the ARC, while the APRC competitors will be putting it all on the line to grab the regional FIA title.

Mr Barilaro said, “Staging another world class rally in Coffs Harbour is well overdue, after bushfires and COVID forced the cancellation of the event two years in a row.

“This is an example of what can happen when you have a council who is prepared to work with the government and stakeholders to bring world-class events to regional NSW.”

Further details about the event will now follow in the coming months, including stages, location of the service park and spectator information.

 

By David TUNE

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