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Coates Hire Rally Australia

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Coates Hire Rally Australia
Start Date: 11.09.2014
End Date: 14.09.2014
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 20 (319.58 km)
Distance: 946.54 km
Servicepark: Coffs Harbour
Website: www.rallyaustralia.com.au

Route

  • Based in Coffs Harbour, almost halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New South Wales coast.
  • Stages held over a mix of shire roads, in public use throughout the year, and private tracks.
  • Compact route which rarely strays more than 35km from Coffs Harbour service park.
  • After a Thursday evening town centre start ceremony, Friday and Saturday’s route heads south. 
  • Friday’s itinerary includes the new Hydes Creek test while Saturday’s highlights is two passes over the 49.37km Nambucca, one of the longest stages of the season. 
  • The final day journeys north of Coffs Harbour.

Challenge

  • A mix of hard base roads, some tight and twisty and others fast and flowing.
  • Shire roads are lined by trees close to the edge in many places.
  • Many stages travel through dense rainforest and the low angle of the sun in mornings and evenings can create a ‘strobe’ effect as it flashes through the branches.

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Car spec

  • Gravel suspension.
  • Hard compound tyres with soft options also available in case of rain.

History

  • Australia hosted WRC from 1989 to 2006 in the west coast city of Perth.
  • Langley Park super special stage next to Swan River provided the template for such tests.
  • Won the accolade for the best rally three times in the late 1990s.
  • The rally moved to the east coast in New South Wales in 2009 and two years later was relocated to Coffs Harbour in 2011.

What’s new for 2014

  • New mixed surface super special stage which will be run in darkness at the end of Friday and Saturday’s action. 
  • Service park switches to the Cex Coffs International Stadium, which adjoins the super special stage.

Don’t miss

  • Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe. He owns a cattle farm just outside Coffs Harbour which contains a chapel where he was married in 2011.
  • Coffs Harbour is the centre of Australia’s banana industry and the Big Banana is its biggest tourist attraction. It hosts a three-storey high inflatable waterslide, which is the biggest in the world, and a walk though banana. Honestly….

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01 Jan 2014

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