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Two Bathurst rally drivers will next week get the opportunity to compete against the worlds very best rally drivers as the compete for the first time in the Australian round of the World Rally Championship Rally Australia.

The local drivers are Ron Moore who will be driving his VY Holden Commodore V8 as car #44 with Blacktown based Bryan Price as co-driver, and Steven Wells who will have Hinchinbrook co-driver Adam Geary with him in his Ford Escort Mk2 starting car #85.

Centred on Coffs Harbour the event will be run on 12-15 September, being the 22nd WRC event held in Australia, and the third since it moved to New South Wales from Western Australia. The 2011 rally attracted more than 13,000 individual visitors to the Coffs Coast.

The rallies special stages will be run on shire and forestry roads of the Coffs Harbour, Nambucca, Bellingen and Clarence Valley local government areas, and will provide a true challenge for the WRC drivers against a magnificent backdrop of subtropical coastal and hinterland scenery.

The event consists of five rallies in one, led away with the WRC cars, followed by the very best driving talent Australia has to offer in the fourth rounds of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC), the 4WD National Rally Series, the Classic Rally Challenge and the S x S Rally Challenge.

Moore and Pryce will be competing in the P4 class for 2wd vehicles over 2000cc in the ARC section against a strong field. While they are #44 in the overall event, they are 14th in the ARC and the third in P4 behind the very well performed South Australian Jack Monkhouse (Nissan Silvia) and Glen Raymond (Mazda RX7).

As for Wells and Geary, they are in a 28 strong and varied list of Classic cars, led by multiple Australian Rally Champions Neal Bates and Coral Taylor in a Toyota Celica RA40.

Interesting will be the contest between the Wells Ford Escort Mk2, and several others, including the very well known race driver Tony Quinn starting #77 and rally legend Ed Mulligan in #79.

Coates Hire Rally Australia is round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship, the biggest thing in world motorsport after Formula 1 and certainly the most challenging. With supremely-talented drivers strutting their stuff for mega-dollar teams, the atmosphere will be one of excitement, fun and glamour.

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