Sport

Atkinson ready to rev up for Coffs Coast

Australian rally car driver Chris Atkinson takes his vehicle to the limit in the Rally Mexico of the 2013 WRC.
Australian rally car driver Chris Atkinson takes his vehicle to the limit in the Rally Mexico of the 2013 WRC.

THE COATES Hire Rally Australia is still 38 days away but preparations are well in swing for the Coffs Coast.

Australian driver Chris Atkinson, who hails from the south coast town of Bega, will fly the flag at the World Rally Championship event, which will attract the best drivers in the world from September 11.

Atkinson travels to Europe today for testing, but it's on the Big Banana that his sights are set.

"We'd test the cars here, but we're just not allowed," Atkinson said.

"I'm not sure where at the moment, but we could be going to either France, Spain or Portugal. The challenge is we have to find somewhere the roads are similar to what to expect."

Atkinson is further disadvantaged as he has never driven the Coffs circuit before, and can't sneak a peek at the track before the event begins.

"That's the equivalent of doping in other sports," Atkinson said.

"You're not allowed to look at a track or a course beforehand as it gives you an unfair advantage over the rest of the competition."

Instead, he will have to rely on months of driving and testing to ensure the vehicle is ready to race, but local knowledge could also play its part.

"I've never raced at Coffs before though I know how Australian roads feel and are designed so I can use that to my advantage," Atkinson said.

Topics:  chris atkinson, coffs coast, motorsport, rally australia, world rally championship, wrc



How healthy is your diet?

Take the CSIRO diet score survey to find out.

Bennett wants a cure for Kane

Bennett Mitchelhill who is holding a fundraiser for his friend Kane.

A Wooli boy fundraises for sick friend

Palmers Island mixes old and new for 150th birthday

A bit of old and new will come together as Palmers Island Public School celebrates its 150th birthday.

One of the oldest schools in the valley reaches 150 years.

Local Partners

PREVIEW: Luke Cage origin story is a strong addition to MCU

Mike Colter in a scene from the TV series Marvel's Luke Cage.

MIKE Colter stars as latest Marvel superhero to get his own series.

Kate goes down fighting in heated Survivor elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Kate Campbell.

YOGA teacher's 'good guys' alliance fails to get off the ground.

Emily Blunt's (almost) singing career

Emily Blunt nearly became the British Britney Spears.

Angelina is blocking calls from Brad Pritt

Angelina Jolie has reportedly blocked Brad Pitt's number.

Apocalyptica 'seek and destroy' sceptics with 'master' set

Apocalyptica play Max Watts in Brisbane on their Shadowmaker Tour.

Review of final show of Apocalyptica's tour

Rebecca Hall doesn't own a TV

Newspapers, yes. Television, not so much

Clarence Valley property prices go through the roof

Buyers are hungry to sink their teeth into the Clarence Valley

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

NEW HOME: Agents to the rescue for family of nine

RELIEF: Tanya Cone (middle) with her kids and McKimm's Real Estate property managers Regan Firth and Nadine Greenhalgh who helped find her family a home.

DEX article prompts property managers to help family find new home

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction