TOP SPOT: The view from Hillyards Road, one of the rally highlights which is in the CTEK West stage south of Kyogle. The cars will use the road on Saturday and Sunday.
TOP SPOT: The view from Hillyards Road, one of the rally highlights which is in the CTEK West stage south of Kyogle. The cars will use the road on Saturday and Sunday.

Kyogle's stage for World Rally

IF Les Murray describes soccer as the 'beautiful game' then it's fair for Repco Rally Australia organisers to describe the CTEK West stage near Kyogle as the 'beautiful stage'.

The stage, which will host World Rally Championship cars on Saturday and Sunday during the four-day event, runs from Webbs Road, just off the Summerland Highway south of Kyogle, to Hillyards Road and then over to the Bentley Road.

The spectator viewing area is at the junction to Webbs and Hillyards roads with the crowd able to watch as the rally cars roar towards them for about 2km before flinging their car around a hairpin as they head up Hillyards Road.

Rally Australia chairman Garry Connelly believes the CTEK West stage could become world famous.

“Right from the very beginning when we looked in this area I said that this stage is going to be an iconic stage for the drivers, the spectators and for the media because it has all of the necessary components,” he said.

“It's got speed, it's got great corners, it's got great countryside. The Kyogle region is beautiful this time of year, and it's got a fabulous spectator viewing area right there on that junction of Hillyards Road, and the media points in there are tremendous as well so it will get a very high profile I would think.

“We also chose that stage as a corporate hospitality venue. It's a great location.”

It's also expected that point will host some of the largest crowds with a cap of 1800 along with 200 corporate spectators.

The only other stage close to that capacity is the Dayco stage that runs along Lynches Creek Road on Saturday which has a capacity of 1500 spectators.

The CTEK West stage will be used on Saturday at 1.43pm and Sunday from 8.38am.

Mr Connelly has high hopes for the rally in the Kyogle region.

He said the area could compete with Finland, regarded as the most spectator-friendly rally.

“Finland obviously has really done things very well as far as setting up spectator areas because they have been doing rallying there for 50 and 60 years in the one location,” he said. “I think it (Kyogle) is going to be a great spot and the atmosphere there will be enormous.”

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