Thursday, 02 February 2017 16:00

SUNSHINE COAST (QLD) - As Australia’s second FIA championship rally and Queensland’s only international motorsport event moves into its ninth year, the promoter CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motor Sport) and the organising team are introducing significant changes to enhance the experience for all involved.

Key changes includes:

• New event hub at Nambour
• Lower entry fees
• Closer stages
• Free camping

Whether you are a competitor, spectator, supporter or official, we believe the changes outlined below will benefit you. 

Every event in the FIA APRC series – in China, Malaysia, Japan, India, New Zealand and Australia - is staged against the background of the host country’s scenery and culture.

At IROQ that means the aptly-named Sunshine Coast, one of Australia’s most popular holiday playgrounds and a unique setting in which competitors can test themselves against the cream of regional, national and local rally competitors. Queensland’s highly-challenging and technical stages have tested some of the sport’s biggest names; Hayden Paddon, Chris Atkinson, Esapekka Lappi, Alister McRae, Gaurav Gill, Cody Crocker, Neal Bates, Simon Evans, Karamjit Singh and Pontus Tidemand all have competed there.

New IROQ Rally Village at Nambour Showgrounds

The move to an earlier calendar date has allowed organisers to secure exclusive use of the Nambour Showgrounds for the entire event. It will be called the IROQ Rally Village and virtually all facilities and activities will be based there. Specifically –

• Event Headquarters & Media Centre
• Service Park (including lunchtime service breaks, covered hard-stand areas for APRC and most ARC competitors, hard-stand set-up for other competitors in a variety of locations.)
• APRC Shakedown and Media & VIP Preview on Friday morning
• Competitors’ free welcome barbecue on Friday night; public also invited
• Super Special Stage for APRC and ARC entrants in the showgrounds precinct on Saturday night
• APRC and ARC parc fermé on Saturday night
• Podium presentation for QRC competitors at Nambour Showgrounds on Saturday night after their one-day round
• Podium presentation for APRC and ARC competitors on Sunday afternoon
• Market and trade stands, car displays, food & drink and other public attractions throughout the weekend
• Free camping at Nambour Showgrounds

Nambour is an ideal rally base. While IROQ has enjoyed generous and warmly-remembered hospitality from the Imbil community for many years, the opportunity to move to Nambour promises important benefits, chiefly bringing more of the rally activity close to the Sunshine Coast’s large population.

Nambour is situated beside National Highway 1 (the Bruce Highway), just over 100 kms or an hour’s drive north of Brisbane International Airport, approx. 65 kms or 45 minutes from the stages at Imbil and 25 kms or less than 20 minutes from IROQs former coastal base at Maroochydore. Barely 15 minutes away, Sunshine Coast Airport receives direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Auckland.

With no official event hotel this year, visitors will be able to choose from abundant accommodation in the region for all preferences and budgets. All of the Sunshine Coast’s famous holiday attractions are readily accessible to rally visitors group, from the beaches to lush hinterland, restaurants, country markets, national parks, theme parks and much more.

Lower entry fees

To encourage competitors to enter the event, the organisers are proposing the following entry fees, which are significantly lower than for past events. The fees include the supply of Rallysafe tracking -

Asia Pacific Championship

• For competitors registered for all rounds of the Championship $3,000
• For Australian competitors entering IROQ only $2,000

Australian Rally Championship

• Outright $1,500
• Classics $1,000

Queensland Rally Championship

• Saturday $775
• Saturday if also entered & competed in the 2017 Wowan round $725
• Sunday – optional, non-point scoring $250
• Clubman / Novice  – Saturday only $520

Closer Stages

The organisers have spent many hours surveying a proposed route and as well as including the best of the old favourites, have proposed a stage within 25-minutes of the Nambour Service Park. This would be run twice on Saturday and provide a great spectator point closer to Nambour and the Sunshine Coast strip.

The draft itinerary comprises eight special stages with a total competitive distance of approximately 240 km, or 30 percent of the overall distance including liaison. The longest stage would be approx. 30 km, the shortest (the Showgrounds SSS) approx. 1.2 km.

Free Camping

Hosting numerous big events every year, the Nambour Showgrounds are well set up with permanent facilities for campers or caravanners. Camp sites will be free during event week for competitors, supporters and officials. Nambour and the local area have plenty of restaurants; we recommend the nearby Nambour RSL Club.

Officials who wish to continue camping at the Imbil Showgrounds should contact the Mary Valley Show Society.


The 2017 rally season is looking strong, with numerous new cars and drivers preparing to compete. The International Rally of Queensland, with a brilliant new base, greater financial incentive for competitors, a superb location, new stages, almost 50 years of organising experience and major promotional support, is the one event this year you can’t afford to not be part of.

We look forward to welcoming you on 26-28 May on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Yours in sport

Brian Everitt
Clerk of Course



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