GOLD COAST World Rally Championship ace Chris Atkinson has unveiled what is set to be a sought-after prize at the weekend’s Coates Hire Rally Australia – the Armor All Shootout ‘trophy’.
In iconically Aussie fashion on the Coffs Coast of New South Wales, the Runaway Bay resident unveiled the one-of-a-kind trophy – a hand crafted surfboard designed by Coffs Harbour shaper David Scott of Pokerface Surfboards.
Designed specifically for the Australian leg of the WRC the Armor All Shootout is a unique format, which will award the driver who secures the fastest aggregate time over the four runs of the Hyundai Super Special Stage at the Coates Hire Rally Australia.
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“We’re delighted to reinforce our partnership as the official car care products sponsor of the Coates Hire Rally Australia by supporting this fantastic concept,” said Paul Blair Armored Auto Group Managing Director – Australia & New Zealand.
“The Armor All Shootout is a fresh concept to the WRC and its layout as a ‘competition within a competition’ will really add some extra excitement for the Australian fans this weekend on the Coffs Coast.”
Drivers from all walks of the earth including: Finland, Germany, France, Belgium, Norway, UK and New Zealand just to name a few will be buying for the surfboard.
“This is a really cool concept and an even cooler prize which I’m sure all of the drivers will want to get their hands on,” said Hyundai Shell World Rally Team driver Atkinson.
“I’ve been competing in the WRC since 2005 and we’ve never had something like this before so it will be great for the fans that we can bring something a little different to the World Championship event next weekend.”
The Hyundai Super Special Stage will run over an action packed 1.6 kilometre course just three kilometres south of the city centre.
The SSS is expected to attract thousands of spectators on the Friday and Saturday nights of the rally to see the world’s best drivers tackle a tight and challenging tarmac and gravel layout in the precincts of the C.ex Coffs International Stadium.
The stadium will also double as the service park for over 80 cars contesting the WRC, East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship and supporting events such as the Pedders-sponsored fourth round of the Australian Off Road Championship.
Fans will be able to watch cars being serviced and repaired, catch the drivers for autographs, buy souvenirs, check out the big-screen stage action, enjoy live entertainment and much more.
The Coates Hire Rally Australia kicks off on Thursday with a pre-rally show from 4pm in Coffs City Mall before WRC crews take to the stages on Friday morning.
For more information on Australia’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship please visit http://www.rallyaustralia.com.au/
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