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  • Snake Racing 5:09 am on 19/01/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Rpund 4 Australian Off Road Championship   

    Coffs Coast Off Road – Update 1 John Paterson 

    Mr Paterson has committed to providing regular updates on the happenings and progress in relation to Round 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship at Coffs Harbour.


    Well like the press release said; – I am now on the job organising the Coffs round of the AORC in September.

    Things are happening, but firstly let me apologise for the lack of information so far. I know this has been frustrating and be assured I intend to make this event front page news at least once a month here at offroadracing.com.au and one of my goals is for this Coffs event to be the friendliest of the year.

    Now, the first point I want to hit home and hit it home hard is that Coffs will be a real off road event, for off roaders, run by off roaders.

    But it is true, I am part of the Rally Australia organisation but the off road event to be called Coffs Coast Off Road is not part of the rally competition in anyway.

    Many of you I’m told, have the impression that the event is to be run in sync with the rally and this is not correct. ‘Our’ event is completely stand alone and the only time an off road car might be anywhere near a rally car could be as part of some sort of promo and I do hope to have some of you participate in a demonstration on one night at least, to show these rally guys, and the world, how to really ‘get air’!

    For me, being part of this organisation has incredible advantages and when it comes to safety we will have access, literally minutes away by air, to world class rescue and safety, thanks to the collaboration that exists with Adrian Stafford, Clerk of Course Rally Australia.

    Rally Australia is how I’m resourced, where the budget sits and so there’s no misunderstanding, Adrian is also who I answer to in the big picture. But I have been delegated autonomy and my responsibility is all about looking after your competition, your safety and the fun you should be having whilst making sure the event runs smoothly and of course, without a hitch.

    And whilst on Rally Australia, and Coffs, entering this event also gives you and your family an opportunity to visit an incredible part of Australia’s coastline and at night, the opportunity to be mesmerized by the ‘attack pilots’ of motorsport, as they compete two at a time on the Super Special Stage. WRC drivers really must be seen to be believed and the Rally Hub out near what is known as the Jetty area of Coffs, will be the place to be over the three nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come day time however, I hope that the thousands and thousands who will flock to the Coffs Harbour region will also take time to see you guys in action as part of their smorgasbord of motor sport. The promotion machine, and this is big, will also be geared up to ensure the hordes of spectators know where to find you!

    Additionally, I’m committed to providing great camping facilities at the track, with security, plenty of space for competitor camping and generous pit and paddock sizes to suit the transporters. More details about this over the next month or so.

    To those who may wish to stay in Coffs, and be close to the ‘Hub’, you should really start planning now as whilst there are literally hundreds of motels and lodgings around Coffs and the region, (up to 5 Stars) – I think you should book early…

    Further on this, the proposed course is maybe 40 minutes north of Coffs and there are several other small towns and villages, including ‘Woopie’ (that’s local talk for Woolgoolga), along the way that you may wish to check out as well.

    Now, I am off to Coffs today, (18 Jan), to check this proposed course, and I’ll let you know how it shapes up. I will be assisted in this task by a retired five times, (I think), Australian Off Road Championship, my fearless son-in-law and Safari partner who can’t decide if he’s a rally driver or an off roader – and some local guys from Coffs, some of whom might hopefully turn into track markers further on?

    Looking to officials, my goal is to achieve a ‘Kempsey quality’ event and I will actually be in Kempsey in February, to see how much of the old team might still be willing – and to talk to the next generation of Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club members.

    It’s then off to Brisbane in maybe March and with the help of long term comrade Laurie Svenson, (and what about you Neville?), I should be able to convince some of the guys up there to be part of this as well. So yes, it really is off roaders, planning for off roaders!

    Now, anyone who is interested in being an official at this event can access http://www.rallyaustralia.com.au and go to Officials. Don’t be intimidated by the form, or some of the rally speak, and it is being redesigned to include those interested in off road shortly.

    And if you’re not already accredited, don’t worry because we’ll train you. Alternatively, give me a call on my soon to be operating ‘bat phone’ 0408 138 313. And whilst many of you have my private mobile, if you want to talks ‘Coffs’ please ring this new number from 19 January…

    So that’s nearly it. My number 2 Update will be out in late February and I’ll be talking about exciting technology that is coming to our sport, maybe this year maybe not, updating you about the course – and heaps more including some tips on how to better enjoy your time at events.

    230 odd days to go and I just can’t wait…


  • Snake Racing 5:01 am on 17/01/2013 Permalink
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    John Paterson to head Coffs Harbour Off Road 


    Experienced off road racing official John Paterson will lead the organisation of Coffs Coast Off Road, a key support event of the FIA World Rally Championship Rally Australia round on the New South Wales Coffs Coast in September.

    Coffs Coast Off Road, a round of the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship, is expected to be run on private and forestry tracks north of Coffs Harbour.

    It will be part of a week of motorsport activity around Rally Australia, round 10 of the WRC, on 12-15 September.

    Rally Australia’s sporting chief, Clerk of Course Adrian Stafford, announced Mr Paterson’s appointment to lead the organisation of the subsidiary event and also to serve as its Clerk of Course.

    “John has had many years in senior sporting roles in off road racing, including at the famous Kempsey International, and also serves as a series Steward,” Mr Stafford said.

    “He is highly regarded by competitors and with his experience I’m sure will put together a first-class event on the Coffs Coast.

    “Many fans and intending competitors have been keen to hear about the details of the event. With John now on board we will move as quickly as possible to answer their questions.”

    Mr Stafford said the event was planned to add an extra experience for spectators, who would be given options to attend both the rally and off-road competitions, as well as showcase the excitement of Australia off-road racing scene to international visitors.

    Mr Paterson will make his first reconnaissance of potential locations this week, assessing roads and facilities for their suitability to host a two-day competition on an extended loop course.

    Recruitment of officials for Coffs Cast Off Road will run in conjunction with Rally Australia’s registration process.

    Off road fans are encouraged to register on the Rally Australia website, http://www.rallyaustralia.com.

  • Snake Racing 4:57 am on 17/01/2013 Permalink
    Tags: 2013 Austarlian Off Road Championship, , Edwin Vandenberg,   

    ORRInc appoints HPSM for AORC 


    The ORRinc Board has today announced that HPSM have secured arrangements with Channel Seven for the television broadcast of the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship.

    The broadcast will be shown free to air on Channel Seven’s 7Mate, and is currently planned as a lead in to the V8 Supercars telecast and AFL games, approximately four weeks after each Australian Off Road Championship event. It will then be replayed within 7Mate’s Motorblock the following week.

    Chairman of ORRInc, Edwin Vandenberg, said he was excited that the extreme nature of the Australian Off Road Championship would be shown to such a wide audience. HPSM and the ORRinc board are working on a number of other initiatives to enhance the promotion of the AORC, which will be announced in the coming weeks/months.

    Seven Network’s Director of Sport Sales, Andrew Nicholls said “the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship is a good fit with the network’s growing motor sport portfolio.”

    In addition Fox Sports Speed Channel will also televise the events following the coverage on Seven Sport.

    An end of year highlights program is also scheduled to air on both networks at the conclusion of the Championship.

    The 2013 Australian Off Road Championship takes to the track for the first round at Hyden over the Easter long weekend.

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