Organisers of Repco Rally Australia have announced an official attendance total of more than 70,000 over the four days of round ten of the 2009 World Rally Championship staged in the New South Wales Northern Rivers.
Alan Evans, chairman of the Rally Australia Board, said today that attendance of ticket buyers and pass holders exceeded 50,000 - with tallies from Sunday still to be finalised - and topped 70,000 when visitors to the free venues at the opening-night rally show, Kingscliff Service Park and Sunday's Kyogle remote service were included.
“It was an extremely successful weekend. The overwhelming support of the community was extremely gratifying and we have been getting excellent reports from local businesses about how well they did,” Mr Evans said.
“We wanted the people of Tweed and Kyogle, plus visitors from elsewhere in New South Wales, interstate and overseas to see the World Rally cars and they turned out in big numbers. There were well over 4000 people in the CTEK West Special Stage on Saturday and the atmosphere was fantastic.
“It was also amazing how many private residences along the rally route were having front-yard parties to watch the cars go by. We have no way of knowing what those numbers were, but they would certainly add significantly to the total and from what we understand in many cases the visitors came from outside the region.”
Mr Evans congratulated the teams and drivers from more than 15 countries and the more than 1000 volunteer officials plus staff for staging the biggest sports event the region has seen.
“It's been a magnificent event. Rally Australia will be back in 2011 and it will be an even better event,” he added.