Crews gear up for Rally Australia
RALLY crews are busily working to prepare the vehicles of Coates Hire Rally Australia for their final testing ahead of Friday's start of competition.
There's been a hive of activity at the Hi Tec Oils Service Park at the C.ex Coffs Stadium as mechanical crews fine tune vehicles for Thursday morning's non competitive shakedown at Gleniffer from 8am.
The recce of stages will allow drivers and co-drivers to compile rally notes and test their vehicles on the fast gravel sections of the Coffs Coast.
COATES HIRE RALLY SHOW, COFFS HARBOUR CBD, THURSDAY FROM 1PM
With a rally buzz alive and well on the Coffs Coast, the Coates Hire Rally Show gets underway in the city centre from 1pm, Thursday.
The Hi-Tec Oils Service Park has quickly taken shape at the C.ex Coffs International Stadium where teams will be based until the finish on Sunday.
Workshops, service bays, offices, reconnaissance cars, spare parts and even dining rooms were unpacked from their international shipping containers to create an instant village ready to welcome the thousands of fans expected.
Event organisers worked on the adjacent Hyundai Super Special Stage and 13 rural Special Stage spectator points.
"By Thursday we'll be ready to stage another spectacular Coates Hire Rally Australia," Rally Australia event manager David Catchpole said.
"Construction of the service park super special stage, event headquarters at Opal Cove Resort, media centre, special stage rally villages and other facilities is on schedule.
"After the recent heavy rain, the ground has dried out well and the Coffs Coast countryside and forests are looking lush and green.
"It will be a beautiful environment in which to enjoy a rally," he said.
The drivers will get behind the wheel for the first time tomorrow morning at a non-competitive shakedown session, before the afternoon's Coates Hire Rally Show and start ceremonies.
WRC drivers will attend the rally show in their cars from 4pm to meet fans and sign autographs.