(Event release, 8/3/2013)  THERE’S plenty of off-track high-speed action as Coates Hire Rally Australia brings a taste of the FIA World Rally Championship to the Top Gear Festival at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

Australia’s round of the WRC, scheduled for 12-15 September on the New South Wales Coffs Coast, is giving fans a chance to ride in a top-flight rally car alongside a professional driver at the Rally Australia Zone on Saturday and Sunday.

Top Gear Festival organisers have built a special rally course on the outside of the final turn on the North Circuit.

For just $50, fans will take a thrilling sideways, dirt-spewing ride in a Subaru WRX or Mitsubishi Evo alongside drivers such as Australian Junior Rally Champion Adam Casimiri.

And as an exclusive Top Gear Festival bonus, everyone who takes a rally ride receives a 10% discount voucher on Rally Australia tickets.

For those who just want to watch, rally legends Cody Crocker (Polaris) and Michael Guest (CanAm) will go head-to-head in an exciting demonstration of the Australian Side-by-Side Rally Challenge, part of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship.

Coates Hire Rally Australia and the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship also arepresenting a display of the latest European-built rally cars in a reserved area behind the main grandstand.

A Rally Australia stand in the Motoring Village, shared with Coffs Coast Marketing and the NSW Forestry Corporation, have all the information fans need to know about spectating at the WRC, where to stay and what to see on a Coffs Coast visit.