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The consequences of heavy rain in recent days over the Coffs Coast region of New South Wales have led Rally Australia organisers to cancel a planned course inspection by an international driver.

Young Welsh star Elfyn Evans, the defending FIA World Rally Championship Academy winner, was to have visited the coast from next Monday to review the proposed course.

Rally Australia Clerk of Course Adrian Stafford said the inspection had been cancelled to avoid driving on rain-affected roads.

“The storm currently passing along the NSW coast has delivered some flooding and lots of fallen trees,” Mr Stafford said.

“I have been out to some of the higher areas and in fact have driven a couple of short sections of the course.

“I am amazed how well our rally roads handle this amount of rain. If it was actually rally time we could put sufficient resources into the forests to clear fallen trees and ensure the event would run.

“However, to ask forestry and other manpower currently deployed on assisting the community just to open up the rally course for an inspection is not warranted.”

Elfyn Evans will now return to Britain after he contests the opening round of the 2013 East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship in Canberra next weekend.

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