Castrol EDGE to sponsor Rally Australia
Castrol EDGE’s Australian Wallabies utility, James O’Connor met with Ford Abu Dhabi WRC drivers, Jari-Matti Latvala and Mikko Hirvonen in Sydney and took them to the edge on Sydney Tower’s Skywalk – an open-air glass platform some 250 metres above the city streets.
This weekend’s Rally Australia is critical for Hirvonen if he is going to topple World Champion and current Championship leader, Sebastian Loeb – who’s embroiled in a bitter inter-team feud with Sebastian Ogier.
Hirvonen sits in third place on the standings having taken out the opening rally of the year and he’s currently 36 points behind the all conquering Loeb.
The Castrol EDGE Super Special Stage will take place in the marina area of Coffs Harbour.
Meantime, O’Connor jets out with the Wallabies today for the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Australia’s first assignment will come against Italy next weekend. Australia has arguably one of the toughest pools in the tournament – up against the Italians, Ireland, Russia and the USA.
Whilst the Coffs Coast venue is new for Rally Australia, Hirvonen has a great record down under – having won his first ever World rally in Perth in 2006 and then the last time the gravel gladiators came to Australia, Hirvonen was again victorious.
The Castrol EDGE Super Special Stage will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Tickets for the Castrol EDGE Super Special Stage can be purchased through www.rallyaustralia.com.