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Ready, set, go . . . The 2016 Catlins Coast Rally will be the third rally which Dunedin driver Cory Saxton has raced in. PHOTO: THE STAR

A night-time rally held by the Otago Sports Car Club next month will offer good viewing opportunities for spectators, an organiser says.

OSCC executive committee member Cory Saxton, of Dunedin, said there would be a floodlit intersection midway through the August 19 Hindon rally sprint’s 10km route.

This section would accommodate plenty of spectators, Mr Saxton said.

“As many as want to show up. There’s plenty of room.”

Spectators would be able to find a suitable viewing spot before racing began or, alternatively, a sweeper vehicle would transport viewers between rounds.

Mr Saxton hoped the event would attract new spectators for the OSCC.

“We might even get a different crowd, being a Saturday night rather than a day-time event.”

The first drivers were scheduled to set off at 6pm but the starting time was not firmly set because it depended on when night fell, Mr Saxton explained.

“If we get a long drawn out sunset, it could be quarter past six but if it’s cloudy it could be bang on six. It’s hard to tell.”

Mr Saxton hoped the weather would also be suitable for the event.

“We’re hoping for no white stuff on the ground.”

Following a usual format for OSCC events, drivers will complete four rounds of the route with their best time over the 10km determining their final position.

Mr Saxton said he hoped entries would be around 20 to 25 for the event.

He said some drivers might not confirm entry for the August 19 OSCC night rally sprint until after the completion of the Catlins Coast Rally on August 12.

“A lot of guys are probably holding off to make sure their car’s still in one piece after that before committing to an entry.”