Strong interest in tickets for Repco Rally Australia has forced organisers to urgently boost spectator capacity just a week after tickets first went on sale.

Event organisers have added a new spectator viewing point at Castrol Edge East Special Stage, through which rally cars will race twice on Friday 4 September.

Tickets for the 3-6 September World Rally Championship round in the New South Wales Northern Rivers went on sale on 24 June through Ticketek (ticketek.com.au, ph 132 849).

Interest from spectators keen to see five-world champion Sebastien Loeb, Finnish aces Mikko Hirvonen and Jari-Matti Latvala, Norway’s Petter Solberg and many other of the world’s best rally drivers in action has exceeded expectations, organisers said.

With the $99 all-stages Event Super Pass proving the most popular ticket, organisers have had to urgently create extra spectator viewing capacity on Castrol Edge East, the setting for Special Stages nine and 10, on Reserve Creek Road about 20km from rally headquarters at Kingscliff.

“Ticket sales are ahead of our early expectations and continuing strongly every day,” Repco Rally Australia Chairman Alan Evans said.

“Many fans are taking advantage of the excellent value in the $99 Event Super Pass to get in early and make sure they have a spot to see the World Rally Championship for the first time on the eastern side of Australia.

“As soon as it became clear that one of our spots on Friday would fill quickly, we created an additional area on Castrol Edge East and will provide shuttle buses to take spectators in and out.

“This is excellent news. Combined with reports we are receiving about heavy accommodation bookings, the strong early ticket sales give us even more confidence Repco Rally Australia is going to be a big success and a credit to the region and Australia.

“A wide choice of tickets is available, priced from just $22.

“Spectator points will be available at various locations on the gravel Special Stages on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“The Tweed Super Special Stage around the streets of Murwillumbah will provide spectacular night-time viewing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights for fans who do not wish to venture out to the rural Special Stages.

“Prices for the Tweed Super Special stage start from $25, while grandstand seating and corporate entertaining facilities are also available. Sales for the Tweed Super Special Stage have started strongly and fans wanting to secure grandstand seating are encouraged to book early.”

Repco Rally Australia, Round 10 of the 2009 FIA World Rally Championship, is scheduled to run on 3-6 September. Closed-road competition stages will be run in the Tweed and Kyogle shires, with a rally car service park at Kingscliff and operations headquarters at SALT Village. Drivers and teams from many countries, including Australia, will participate.