Test run: Rally driver Hayden Paddon, of New Zealand, takes part in a shake-down run for last year’s Repco Rally.
Test run: Rally driver Hayden Paddon, of New Zealand, takes part in a shake-down run for last year’s Repco Rally.

Rally boss quits board in protest

RALLY Australia chairman Alan Evans has confirmed his resignation has been handed to the board of Rally Australia as a result of its decision to move the 2011 Repco Rally to Coffs Harbour.

Mr Evans said the board, on which he had sat for two years, had given in to the threats of a small group determined to sabotage the event in the Kyogle and Tweed shires.

“I am a person of conviction,” Mr Evans said when explaining the reasons for his resignation.

“I am a strong supporter of the rally in the Northern Rivers.

“So I have decided to part ways with Rally Australia.”

The Australian round of the World Championship Rally was held in the Kyogle and Tweed shires for the first time in September last year.

However, the event was met with strong protests by some residents in the two shires.

It was expected the event, for which an Act of Parliament was passed to ensure it went ahead, would continue in the region on an ongoing basis.

Mr Evans said he had been in touch with representatives of the Kyogle and Tweed councils and they had expressed their extreme disappointment about the decision.

Mr Evans has predicted the Coffs Harbour event won’t be nearly as successful as it was in the Kyogle and Tweed shires. “I believe we did a wonderful thing in the north,” he said.

Mr Evans said what had occurred in the Kyogle and Tweed areas should be a lesson for the silent majority who sat on their hands and did not raise their voices in support of the rally.

“The minority got its way, it’s undemocratic,” he said.

So far, Mr Evans has not received any feedback from Rally Australia on his resignation.

It is expected the Rally Australia board will call a meeting within the next few days to elect a new chairman.

While Rally Australia is set to move its event south, many in the Kyogle Shire are still trying to come to terms with the loss of the race.

Kyogle Council invested $112,285 in the event on the understanding it would be run in the local government area every second year.

Mr Evans will continue to sit on the board of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.



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