Come & feel the excitement of the biggest rally event held in Queensland. Join the rally crews and their cars in a close up encounter at the Food & Wine Festival at Kings Beach Park on the Friday night.
Wave them off in the official start to the weekend. Then on Saturday head out to the forests at Imbil to watch the action from the spectator areas. You can be part of the grand finale on Sunday afternoon back at Kings Beach Park.
Coates Rally Qld is the Queensland round of Globalstar Australian Rally Championship. The celebrations include a food and wine festival, a night street circuit and a forest circuit.
Held in June, the Rally gives spectators a chance to enjoy the spectacular scenery of Caloundra and the Sunshine Coast while watching the gripping sport of motor racing!
Saturday 4 June 2005
0740 hrs Start of Heat 1 - Imbil Service Park
1443 hrs First car enters Service Park - Imbil Service Park
1807 hrs End of Heat 1 (First Car) - Kings Beach Regroup
1827 hrs Start of Heat 2 - Kings Beach
1830 hrs Super Special Stage Starts - Kings Beach
2400 hrs RLatest time for vehicles to enter overnight Parc Fermé Rydges Oasis Resort
1845 hrs First Car Enters overnight Parc Fermé - Rydges Oasis Resort
Sunday 5 June 2005
0100 hrs Start List Posted - Heat 2 Section 4 - Rally Headquarters
0600 hrs Start of Heat 2 Section 4 - Rydges Oasis Resort
1555 hrs End Heat 2 (First Car) - Kings Beach, Caloundra
1645 hrs Post Event Scrutiny commences - Caloundra City Autos
1815 hrs Post Event Scrutiny scheduled to finish - Caloundra City Autos
1845 hrs Provisional results posted - Rally Headquarters
1915 hrs Final results issued (subject to any protests) - Rally Headquarters
1930 hrs Prize Presentation Function - Caloundra Civic and Cultural Centre
Monday 6 June 2005
1000 hrs Rally Headquarters closes. Rydges Oasis Resort
FRONT-RUNNERS SET FOR WIDE-OPEN CONTEST AT COATES RALLY QUEENSLAND
A WIDE-open battle between front-running teams is expected when the 2005 Globalstar Australian Rally Championship heads to the Sunshine State for its second round, Coates Rally Queensland at Caloundra, next month.
Subaru factory driver and defending Australian champion Cody Crocker leads the series pointscore after winning round one in Western Australia in mid-May, but the form of some rivals shows he must expect a serious challenge in Queensland.
Coates Rally Queensland at Caloundra returns to the Sunshine Coast for its 10th anniversary on 3-5 June. The start, finish and rally headquarters will be at Caloundra and 16 competitive "special stages" on forestry roads near Imbil.
Around 60 cars are expected to take the ceremonial official start at Caloundra's Kings Beach on Friday night 3 June.
The start usually attracts around 6000 people, drawn not only by the opportunity to meet the drivers and see their cars close-up, but also by an outdoor food and wine festival, with bands, competitions and other entertainment.
As well as the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship, various teams in Rally Queensland will be contesting the City Subaru Queensland Rally Championship, the Subaru Rally Challenge and a section for classic rally cars.
Once more the rally promises to deliver spectators thrilling action, as the Globalstar series is now considered to be the world's most competitive national rally championship.
Crocker won the first heat of last year's event, but lost the second heat on Sunday to Subaru privateer Chris Atkinson, who not only won the rally on a count-back but went on to parlay his talent into an elite place in the 2005 World Rally Championship.
Crocker and co-driver Dale Moscatt, meanwhile, won outright the opening round of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in Canberra and Group N honours earlier this year.
Although Crocker won both heats in WA, Toyota's Simon Evans and Mitsubishi's Scott Pedder put in performances that showed they will be threats on the rough and tight Queensland roads.
Evans, arguably the championship's most exciting driver, would have won heat two except for an incident two stages from home.
"We were coming into a hairpin and the wheel caught in a rut," Evans said.
"It must have flexed the disc and cracked it. It also bent the steering. I had a look at it at the end of the stage, but there's was nothing I could so we just had to press on."
Evans, with wife and co-driver Sue, struggled gamely through the final stage with just one brake but could not defend his lead from Crocker.
Despite the disappointment, Evans was happy with the performance of the all-wheel-drive Corolla turbo.
"The car was just fantastic out there today. We've still got a bit of work to do when it gets slippery but we're right on the money when it's dry," he said.
Team Mitsubishi Ralliart's new lead driver Scott Pedder and Queensland based co-driver Glen Weston also finished in a confident mood for Queensland, despite snagging a log in his Lancer Evolution VIII.
"It was hidden under a fern on a tight, second-gear turn. It's something we will learn from for the future, but the car's performance was faultless," said Pedder, who has stepped up from privateer status to take the place of driving legend Ed Ordynski.
"It's very good on the fast, open stages. We probably need to find some improvement both in it and myself for the tighter sections, because that's what we will have a lot of at the next round (in Queensland).
"That rally on the Sunshine Coast will be Glen's home event, so his knowledge will be invaluable there."
The promise of improved performances from Evans, Pedder, other factorybacked front-runners including Dean Herridge and Juha Kangas (Subarus), Neal Bates and Ben Barker (Toyotas) and Jack Monkhouse (Mitsubishi) and a host of talented privateers has strengthened Crocker's determination since WA.
"Needless to say we are absolutely wrapt, it is the perfect start to the season and our title defence," he said.
"(Simon Evans) pushed us hard, but that is just going to make us stronger going forward. We have had a lot of tough competition already this year and that certainly helps Dale and I become a better combination."
Crocker's win confirmed Subaru's leadership in the Manufacturers' Championship, the first leg of which was run at the Subaru Rally of Canberra, which did not count for drivers.
Drivers pointscore (after one round)
41 Cody Crocker (Subaru)
26 (equal) Juha Kangas (Subaru), Dean Herridge (Subaru)
24 Simon Evans (Toyota)
20 Scott Pedder (Mitsubishi)
16 Brad Goldsborough (Subaru)
10 Neal Bates (Toyota)
9 Ben Barker (Toyota)
Manufacturers' Championship (after 2 rounds)
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