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RallySport Magazine August 2016

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The August 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine is now available, and includes: Latest news: * Dowel backs rallycross to be bigger than V8 Supercars * Quinn’s Rally Australia WRC car bid falls short * New WRX STi could be Rally America bound * Up to 10 AP4 cars for 2017 NZRC * Skoda R5 for Mark Pedder at Rally Australia Feature stories: * Famous stages - New Zealand’s Motu * A close look at the Skoda Fabia AP4+ * Group B Mitsubishi Starion 4WD remembered * Budget rallying - Hyundai Excel * Where are they now - Wayne Bell * Hayden Paddon column * Vale: Steve Ashton Interviews: * Molly Taylor - Subaru factory driver * David Holder - NZ Rally Champion * Col Trinder - Chairman of ARCom * Emma Gilmour - NZ’s fastest lady Event reports: * Rally of Finland * APRC - China Rally * Catalans Coast Rally * NZ’s Northern Rallysprint Series * Walky 100 Rally, SARC

NEWS@RALLYSPORTMAG.COM.AU JETTY STAGE FOR RALLY OZ The WRC stars will race beside the shore of Coffs Harbour on an arenastyle Super Special Stage at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in November. The Destination NSW Super Special Stage, to be run on Friday and Saturday of the November 17-20 event, is one of the entertainment highlights this year. Fans at the Super Special Stage will see WRC cars complete two runs on a 1.27 kilometre waterfront course on Jordan Esplanade, in the jetty recreation precinct of Coffs Harbour. Action starts at 5pm each day, ensuring excellent daylight viewing from grandstands and other elevated vantage points. Against a backdrop of harbour and Pacific Ocean, stars such as World Champion Sebastien Ogier, Mads Ostberg, Ott Tanak and recent round winners Andreas Mikkelsen, Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville will tackle a jump and a motocross-style berm corner on the new course. Rally Australian Chairman Ben Rainsford says the stage promises a fun-filled experience for families and rally enthusiasts. The traditional special stages of Kennards Hire Rally Australia will again traverse forestry and rural shire roads north and south of the Coffs Harbour service park and headquarters. Friday will feature spectator points around Taylors Arm and Urunga in Nambucca Shire, and Saturday moves slightly farther north to locations at Talarm, Bowraville, Argents Hill and Newee Creek. And there will be a bonus for spectators on Friday and Saturday mornings with the new Raleigh Super 6 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016 Special Stage, a 1.37km test run at a multi-motorsports facility 20km south of Coffs Harbour, and close to the Pacific Highway. Sunday’s finale, including the televised WRC Power Stage, will be played out at the Flooded Gum Rally Village on the Wedding Bells Stage. Food, drink, live commentary, entertainment, souvenir stands, other attractions and the brilliance of WRC drivers in action will make Flooded Gum an exciting climax to the Kennards Hire Rally Australia weekend. Tickets to nine spectator points across the rally’s three competition days are available. Adult prices range from just for a one-day visit to 0 for a three-day Super Pass, including grandstand seating at the Super Special Stage. Spectator tickets are available at SKODA R5 FOR MARK PEDDER AT RALLY OZ? Australian Rally Championship (ARC) regular, Mark Pedder, is currently working on a deal that would see him driving a Skoda Fabia R5 in WRC2 at this year’s Rally Australia. Although discussions are currently in the early stages, Pedder’s plan is to bring the car to Australia later this year, with the goal of then running the car in next year’s ARC. The Skoda would be run and maintained by Perth-based Race Torque Engineering. While Pedder has driven his Peugeot 208 Maxi in the ARC over the past two seasons, the car has suffered reliability problems on a regular basis, robbing him of the chance of good results. The addition of a Skoda Fabia R5 into the championship would be a huge coup for the series, which is enjoying a resurgence in 2016. Pedder’s brother, Scott, has driven a European-prepared Fabia in several rounds of this year’s World Rally Championship, showing impressive speed. - PETER WHITTEN

OFFICIAL 2016 SPECTATOR TOUR BROUGHT TO YOU BY Rally Show, Shakedown, Super Special, all 3 days and podium presentation November 16 - 21, 2016 CLICK HERE to download the 2016 Rally Australia Tour brochure The tour includes: ➜ Five nights twin share hotel room at Aanuka Beach Resort ➜ Cooked breakfast each day ➜ Boxed lunches on 3 rally days ➜ Tours and transfers by private coach with driver ➜ Exclusive tour activity pre-event ➜ Welcome dinner function on Wednesday evening ➜ 3 day rally super pass with grandstand seating Friday night ➜ Official RallySport Magazine tour merchandise ➜ Priority viewing at Ceremonial Finish and/or Power Stage ➜ Pre-event Shakedown, Rally Show and Ceremonial Start ➜ Farewell dinner on Sunday night Official Rally Australia Tour hosted by RallySport Magazine AUGUST 2016 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 7

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