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Caloundra To Host Popular Start To International Rally On Friday Night
Posted by: newsla on Jun 17, 2014 - 07:01 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Caloundra To Host Popular Start To International Rally On Friday Night


RALLY stars from seven countries will turn out with their cars for a colourful Ceremonial Start and free street party to kick off the 2014 International Rally of Queensland at Caloundra's Kings Beach Park on the Sunshine Coast on Friday night.

 

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Festivities will start at 5.30pm with drivers including European champion Jan Kopecky from the Czech Republic, Asia Pacific Champion Gaurav Gill from India, Jun Xu from China and Brendan Reeves from Australia signing autographs, posing for photographs and doing interviews near the line-up of almost 60 cars contesting the weekend rally.

The All Stars and Caloundra State High School youth bands and rockabilly troupe the Hi-Boys will entertain the crowds, who also will be able to enjoy a variety of quality food stands, markets and children's entertainment.

The rally officially starts when the first car, Gill's MRF Team Skoda Fabia S2000, is waved across the podium ramp in De Vene Avenue, beside the park, at 7pm.

The International Rally of Queensland, hosting rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship, Australian Classic Rally Challenge, Queensland Rally Championship and support categories, will be run over the weekend on closed roads in the Mary Valley around Kenilworth and Imbil.

General spectating facilities will be provided at four points on the competitive Super Special Stages. All-day adult passes can be purchased at the pre-event discount price of $25 at the Ceremonial Start or the Events Centre in Caloundra. An all-weekend Gold pass costs $60. Tickets also will be available on the weekend at Imbil. Accompanied children under 14 years will be admitted free.

The Ceremonial Start's return to Kings Beach after a one-year absence is part of the rally's aim to build its involvement with the Sunshine Coast and Caloundra, Event Director Paul Woodward says.

"The rally has been on the Sunshine Coast since 1997 and is one of the region's biggest annual sports events. It brings direct economic benefit with the estimated 2000-plus team personnel and supporters who visit the coast, plus massive tourism promotion through dedicated television coverage into almost 120 countries," he said.

"The Kings Beach Ceremonial Start has always been a popular event with Coast locals. It's an easy, family-friendly way to catch the stars and cars before the serious part of the weekend begins and we hope there will be another great turn-out."

As well as Australia, the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship visits China, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand and New Caledonia, with a non-championship event finishing the season in Thailand.

On-event television news feeds and a dedicated TV series distributed to more than 118 countries ensures the APRC is seen by a measured global annual audience of 463 million households. Broadcasters include FOX Sports Asia, Outdoor Channel Asia, Guangdong TV China, CCTV-5 China, DD Sports India, FoxSports Australia, Sommet Sports New Zealand and Motors-TV Europe.

The International Rally of Queensland is supported through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Regional Development Program as part of a growing calendar of events across the State.

The International Rally of Queensland also is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.


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