Former general manager of the Rally New Zealand, Gary Upson (pictured), has been appointed as the new GM of Australia’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, which will be conducted in northern NSW near Kyogle and Murwillumbah from September 3 to 6, 2009.

Rally Australia reports that Upson, 41, is well-known in World Championship circles, having managed the New Zealand event from 1998 until 2005, during which time the event won the prestigious Rally of the Year Award. 
He is currently Brand Manager for Land Rover New Zealand.

“I am really excited at the prospect of helping to bring the spectacle and thrill of the WRC to the East Coast of Australia for the first time,” he told Rally Australia.

“Northern NSW and particularly the Tweed/Kyogle region is a fantastic area to truly showcase the beauty of Australia to the world via this event. 

“I am looking forward to working with our sponsors Repco, Events NSW and the team of almost 2000 CAMS officials and staff who will make this a great motor sport event.”

Upson, his wife Nicola and two children will take up residence on the Tweed Coast within the next few weeks.

A new Repco Rally Australia office will be established in Murwillumbah early in November.