2011 International Rally of Queensland

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  • Location: Various locations, Imbil 4570 Queensland


THE Sunshine Coast will get a double dose of world-class motorsport on its doorstep when the annual International Rally of Queensland returns with an expanded program in May.

Up to 80 competitors from countries including Japan, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Britain and New Zealand, as well as Australia are expected to enter the rally, which will feature the Caloundra Rally Shootout presented by Hella and Caloundra RSL Services Club over two nights instead of one in response to popular demand.

The Shootout, run under lights over a 2.3 kilometre temporary street course, will be a highlight of the 13-15 May rally, Queensland's only international motorsport event.

Tickets for all spectator venues are on sale now  with adult general admission prices from $15 and discounts of up to 30 percent for internet purchases before 9 May.

Spectators will be able to see the cars in action from safe, dedicated viewing points at the Caloundra Rally Shootout and Mary Valley Forestry Stages.

Tickets to the Caloundra Rally Shootout Party Deck hospitality suite, hosted by Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, are available for $135, a $14 reduction over last year's price.

The rally will host rounds of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship and the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, plus support categories including the highly-popular Classic Rally Series.

It will feature several high-profile international drivers, including Australians Chris Atkinson and four-time Asia Pacific champion Cody Crocker -- going head-to-head for the first time in several years - defending champion Katsu Taguchi from Japan, Guarav Gill (India), Alister McRae (Britain) and Rifat Sungkar (Indonesia).

Event Director Errol Bailey said the rally program had been refined to make it even more fan-friendly, especially with the addition of a second night of the Caloundra Rally Shootout at the Sunshine Coast Industrial Park, less than 10 minutes' drive from the centre of town.

"The inaugural Shootout on the Friday night last year was a huge success, with a crowd of several thousand people cheering the spectacular displays of skill by world-class drivers," he said.

"The atmosphere under lights was brilliant and many people not only asked us to hold it again this year but also suggested a second night.

"So that's what we have done and to give spectators even more reason to return on Saturday we'll shortly be announcing an extra on-track attraction."

The rally also will return to its popular stop-overs in the Kenilworth main street on Saturday morning and at Cooroy public library in the afternoon, while the traditional Mary Valley Forestry Stages and Hella Service Park and official finish at Imbil Showgrounds promise non-stop action and entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday.

"It's a great package of entertainment suitable for all the family, with plenty of exciting action to see and inexpensive ticket prices across the weekend. Food, drinks and other facilities will be available at every venue," Mr Bailey said.

"By taking the rally route to several points on the Sunshine Coast and in the Gympie Cooloola region, we also want to highlight that spectating is one of many things visitors can do during a weekend. There are plentiful natural and man-made attractions from the beaches to the mountains, rivers and lakes, to the dozens of charming villages and the sophistication of coastal resorts.

"We are encouraging the regional tourism industry to leverage these opportunities presented by the rally to attract direct benefits from visitors over the weekend and to promote for the future through our extensive international television and domestic media coverage."

The Asia Pacific Championship starts in Johor, Malaysia, on 1-3 April. Australia is round two and further events will follow in New Caledonia, New Zealand, Japan and China.

Leading cars and crews in the International Rally of Queensland will be based at rally headquarters, Rydges Oasis Resort at Caloundra.


Friday 13 May - 5.30pm: Caloundra Rally Shootout and rally show presented by Caloundra RSL Services Club and Hella; 7.30pm Super Special Stages 1-2 start (tickets required)

Saturday 14 May -
8am: Kenilworth, competitor service stopover (free)
7.25am-All day: Mary Valley Forestry Stages 3-10 at Imbil Spectator Park (tickets required)
All day: Hella Service Park at Imbil Showgrounds (free)
3.30pm: Cooroy, rally crews meet-and-greet and car display (free)
5.30pm: Caloundra Rally Shootout presented by Caloundra RSL Services Club and Hella; 7pm Super Special Stages 11-12  (tickets required)

Sunday 15 May -
9am-All day: Mary Valley Forestry Stages 13-19 at Imbil Spectator Park (tickets required)
All day: Hella Service Park at Imbil Showgrounds (free)
3pm: Official finish and podium presentation, Hella Service Park at Imbil Showgrounds (free)

(* Times are for first car on course. Exact times may change slightly if circumstances require.)

TICKET PRICES  (General Admission tickets discounted 20 percent until 9 May)

Friday/Saturday/Sunday 13-15 May -
Event Super Pass (All General Admission areas, all weekend)  Adult $35  Child (under 14) $10

Friday 13 May -
Caloundra Rally Shootout (night)
General Admission - Adult $20  Child (under 14) $5
Party Deck (Includes two-course dinner, drinks, superior viewing, parking) Adult $135
Party Deck Table of 10 $1215.00 (pay for 9, get 1 free)  

Saturday 14 May -

Mary Valley Forestry Stages (day)
General Admission - Adult $15Child (under 14) $5

Caloundra Rally Shootout (night)
General Admission - Adult $20  Child (under 14) $5
Party Deck (Includes two-course dinner, drinks, superior viewing, parking) Adult $135
Party Deck Table of 10 $1215 (pay for 9, get 1 free)  

Sunday 15 May - Mary Valley Forestry Stages (day)
General Admission - Adult $15, Child (under 14) $5

On-line tickets and spectator information are available.

Other Rally of Qld News:

02 May 2011 - Record 96-car entry, 16 internationals: International Rally of Queensland set for biggest rally spectacle in years
29 Apr - 2011 - Forest Moto Adds Exciting New 2-Wheel Attraction To International Rally Of Queensland Line-Up
29 Apr 2011 - Caloundra Chamber Of Commerce To Host International Rally Preview
11 Apr 2011- Smart Confident for International Rally of Queensland, "Home" Event After Maiden Arc Win in the West
04 Apr 2011 - Atkinson's Sights On International Rally Of Queensland After First International Win In Malaysia
26 Mar 2011 - Extra night shootout doubles the excitement for 2011 International Rally of Queensland ticketholders
07 Mar 2011 - New video part of rally's contribution to sunshine Coast and Mary Valley promotion
10 Feb 2011 - International Rally of Queensland moves to new Sunshine Coast HQ
04 Feb 2011 - Cody Crocker joins Japanese team for International Rally of Queensland return
24 Jan 2011 - Flood Impact Won't Slow International Rally Of Queensland
08 Nov 2010 - International Rally of Queensland set for 13-15 May 2011

THE International Rally of Queensland is benefiting from Significant Regional Event Scheme (SRES) funding under the Events Queensland Regional Development Program (EQRDP).
The EQRDP is an investment program designed to extend the flow of economic and social benefits of events to regional Queensland. The SRES celebrates and supports those events that have a particularly strong track record of growth and economic success for their region.
A state-wide initiative, the program is committed to enhancing existing events in regional Queensland, as well as assisting in the establishment of new events.
Since the EQRDP began in 2001, more than $16.4 million has been invested in 762 regional events, an indicator of the important role these events play in their communities and wider Queensland.
IROQ also is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

International Rally of Queensland :
Brisbane Sporting Car Club Ltd, PO Box 3529, South Brisbane BC Qld 4101, Brisbane
07 3846 0233
International Rally of Queensland

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Various locations, Imbil

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