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National Capital Rally hoping to host Asia-Pacific again, but in warmer weather

 National Capital Rally event manager Adrian Coppin is confident international racing will return to Canberra next year and in warmer weather.

The Australian round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship returned to the capital for the first time in almost a decade last week and Coppin wants the race back in the ACT permanently.

Rally of Queensland had hosted the event since 2009 but logistical problems saw the race handballed to Canberra less then three months out.

With limited preparation Coppin said organisers worked tirelessly to put on a world class show for the 2500 spectators who lined the tracks at Kowen Forest and Tidbinbilla over two days action-packed of racing.

"It fell in our lap 11 weeks out so to pull it together the way we did is a credit to everybody at the Brindabella Motorsport Club," Coppin said.

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"They did a fantastic job to make it happen and the feedback we got from racers, spectators and the governing body was fantastic.

"A few financial decisions need to be made but we're confident the Asia-Pacific round will be back in Canberra next year."

The APRC consists of six rounds from April to December and Coppin is campaigning to move the Australian leg to a warmer month.

"Scheduling is something we're discussing, we'd like to get it closer to summer because May isn't an ideal date told hold a rally in Canberra with the cold weather," Coppin said.

"The event is run thanks to a large contingent of volunteers so if we can minimise the cold for them and our spectators that would be great."

Coppin said with the continues support of the ACT government he believes Canberra will remain an integral stop on the international rally tour.

"The event has been financially successful with an Event ACT grant and they also help us out with access to forests and roads," Coppin said.

"The financials for this year haven't been wrapped up yet and we need to see if our commercial partners want to continue moving forward. But there is a healthy appetite from for motorsport in Canberra and if all the stars align there is no reason it won't be back next year."