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Mary Valley to host massive rally

Rally Queensland returns to the Sunshine Coast and Mary Valley this year with organisers hoping for bigger crowds.
Rally Queensland returns to the Sunshine Coast and Mary Valley this year with organisers hoping for bigger crowds. Jason Dougherty

INTERNATIONAL Rally of Queensland organisers are hopeful of record-breaking crowds next month when the event drops into gear.

The launch of the event program and discounted early-bird spectator tickets signals the world-class event is not far away, attracting a host of top Australian and international rally car drivers.

The International Rally of Queensland fires up Friday night, July 30 with the spectacular Coates Hire Rally Shootout “super special stage’ under lights at Caloundra before moving on to include two days of forestry special stages in the Mary Valley.

The rally will attract up to 70 entries representing Japan, Malaysia, Britain, New Zealand, India, New Caledonia, Indonesia, Europe and Australia.

After the curtain-raising shootout at Corbould Park, Caloundra, the event’s focus will shift to Imbil in the Mary Valley.

Event director Errol Bailey said the rally supported a policy of introducing the sport of rallying to more people.

“We have planned this year’s International Rally of Queensland to be the best yet and packed it with attractions for the serious and casual fan,” he said.

Aside from throwing up the dust in Imbil, the rally will visit two other regional towns on the Saturday, namely Kenilworth and Cooroy.

For more information, including ticket prices and how to purchase, see www.rallyqueensland.com.au

Gympie Times