Coffs Coast Festival of Motor Sport Draws Near – Auto Action

By Timothy Neal
Date posted: October 25, 2022
The inaugural Coffs Coast Festival of Motor Sport is drawing near, with the North Coast of NSW preparing itself to be filled with three weeks of high octane action.
The unfortunate news is that the foreshore’s Massive Motor Show is likely to be cancelled due to weather, with the Bike Show to go ahead as the festival’s opener on the 12th of November, displaying an array of new and rare vintage bikes.
The Festivals RedPoint HillClimb Series is growing huge momentum, with three different tracks over 10 days causing a flood of entries from local competitors to interstate travellers, with cash prizes on offer for the outright and class winners.  
Craig Klingblal, getting ready for the RedPoint HillClimb, just back from the Mt Cotton Australia HillClimb titles with the Crown for Improved Production 1600cc to 2000cc.
Entries across the board have been growing in numbers, from the Karts at Coffs Harbour, Bikes at Coffs Harbour and Kempsey, Off Road at Kempsey, the Speedway at Grafton, and the Rally Cross and Burnout Comp at Raleigh Raceway.
Father and son local team of James (R) and Dane get ready for the Kart Racing on November 19-20
All of these events spread across the entire Coffs Coast region, and are in the lead up to three massive Rally events that will shape two pivotal championships.
The Australian Rally Championships will host its final with the Supercheap Auto’s Coffs Coast Rally, with both its outright and production cup titles going down to the wire, with the Bates brothers fighting it out, and two of Australia’s brightest stars in Max McRae and Taylor Gill attempting to pinch the production title. The NSW Rally Championships will also run alongside the ARC’s finale.
Then the final of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship will take place, featuring international stars like New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon and Indonesia’s Rifat Sungkar, who will go up against Australia’s own Harry and Lewis Bates.
Harry Bates contesting at the WRC Rally New Zealand where he finished P10 outright. Photo by McKlein / LAT Images)
Paddon recently took on and got the best of Harry Bates in the WRC NZ outing, though both finished in the top ten outright along with Supercars Star Shane van Gisbergen.
Motorsport in Australia doesn’t get much better than this, with a big spread of local competitors and international guns coming together to contest a vast series of categories across one of Australia’s most beautiful coastal regions.
With all events expecting and receiving healthy entry numbers, local and travelling motorsport fans are in for a spectacular experience, with parts of the event also being televised across the local regions.
Visit the site at www.coffscoastmotorsport for more information on ticketing and events, and to stay up-to-date on the news.
For more of the latest motorsport news pick up the latest issue of Auto Action.
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