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Following the sudden withdrawal of Subaru and Suzuki from the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) this week, organisers of Repco Rally Australia have assured fans that Australia’s return to the world rally scene will still be one of the most thrilling events on the Championship calendar.

Although disappointed with the announcements, General Manager of Repco Rally Australia, Gary Upson, sees an amazing opportunity for young up and coming talented drivers to demonstrate their skills on the world stage.

“To lose Subaru and Suzuki from the World Rally Championship as a result of the current global financial crisis is disappointing for both our event and the motor sport community as a whole, however, we do hope that these are temporary measures and that we will see both teams back in the WRC as soon as possible,” Upson said.

“However, through this situation there now presents an even more attractive opportunity for our local and international up-and-coming drivers to place well in a round of the World Rally Championship and truly compete for the top spots against the best rally drivers in the world, an opportunity that we hope they will embrace.”

Repco Rally Australia is currently working on ways to attract local and overseas privateer teams to enter the event.

“We really hope to see a lot of young talent out there next year, and will be sure to do all that we can, as organizers, to make our event as cost effective as possible for these competitors to compete,” concluded Upson.

Repco Rally Australia will run from September 3-6  and will be round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship, as well as a round of the FIA Production World Rally Championship.

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