Organisers of Rally Australia have signed a contract with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the world motorsport governing body, to stage another round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) next year.
No date has been set for the Australian event, one of 13 included in the 2013 WRC calendar decided by the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA last Friday.
Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford said the contract had been forwarded to senior management at the FIA for presentation to the World Motor Sport Council.
Further discussions with the FIA would focus on an annual event and the specific dates for 2013, having regard for the requirements in freighting cars to Australia.
“We’re delighted to have a place on the 2013 calendar, but there is still plenty of work ahead before we can formally confirm the date and logistics for the event,” Mr Rainsford said.
The most recent Rally Australia was staged on the New South Wales Coffs Coast last September and proved highly popular with fans and international competitors.
Locals embraced the event with unprecedented enthusiasm and thousands of spectators packed Coffs Harbour for the ceremonial start and nightly Super Special Stage.
Drivers such as winner Mikko Hirvonen of Finland said the roads were among the best in the world championship.
While planning continues for WRC Rally Australia, the Coffs Coast will remain in the rally spotlight with a round of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Forest Rally, on 13-14 October this year.