Fri 19:07 - Until then
Keep an eye on wrc.com for the latest news from Coffs Harbour. And don't forget WRC where you'll find extra content like stage reviews, highlights programmes and our exclusive driver-endorsed onboard comparison system. Bye for now.
Fri 19:05 - Join us on Saturday
For day two. We'll be here from 0718hrs, when the action kicks off with the 48km marathon Nambucca
Fri 19:01 - Stages complete
And that's where we'll end our live text coverage from Australia today
Fri 18:59 - Australia after SS8
1.Mikkelsen 57m51.9s, 2.Neuville +20.1s, 3.Meeke +20.8s, 4.Latvala +29.9s, 5.Breen +30.8. Neuville up to second.
Fri 18:57 - Australia after SS7
1.Mikkelsen 56m49.3s, 2.Meeke 21.0s, 3.Neuville 21.8s, 4.Latvala 30.0s, 5.Breen 31.2
Fri 18:56 - SS8: Ogier
"We expected to have some difficulties today but the car's small technical issue made it even harder. Tomorrow we be the same story - we just start again. What can I do? Nothing - just drive."
Fri 18:54 - SS8: Neuville
Quickest so far and he slots second overnight. "I'm satisfied. I think we have done the maximum we could today. We gave it a go and I'm still aiming for victory. It's a pity the start order was settled two stage ago - it will be difficult against Andreas but we will try."
Fri 18:51 - SS8: Tanak
"Not bad, but it should have been better. Tomorrow we need the whole package - at least my road position will be better than today."
Fri 18:50 - SS8: Latvala
"Today has been generally okay. I'm quite pleased with the afternoon but I wasn't consistent enough in the morning. Now we focus on day two. We won't have a bad road position."
Fri 18:47 - SS8: Evans
"Today has not been great in terms of overall performance. This afternoon was better - with a better feeling for the stages. Second on the road tomorrow will mean a struggle in the first passes I think."
Fri 18:45 - Batch two
The second group of drivers are clear of Stage 7 and are heading for the second pass.
Fri 18:41 - SS8: Meeke
It's second overnight for Kris, 20.8sec behind Mikkelsen. "I really enjoyed it, a very good day," he says. "Just one mistake today, and in a way I was lucky it happened when it did. Okay, those 12 seconds would have put me closer to Andreas, but there's a long way to go. I'm enjoying the car, so we'll see how we do tomorrow - a 50km stage at 7am will be interesting."
Fri 18:36 - SS8: Breen
Quickest so far on the stage. "I made a silly mistake on the first pass but that was much better. We've had a couple of things go against us this afternoon but otherwise for our first day down under no so bad."
Fri 18:34 - SS8: Paddon
"A pretty straightforward stage here - a bit of fun. The day hasn't been what we wanted but tonight we'll go back to the drawing board and look to improve tomorrow. We'll look through the data and try and find something."
Fri 18:33 - SS8: Mikkelsen
Last year's rally winner and this year's rally leader is safely though. "A really nice day, trying to take advantage of my road position. We have driven clean stages, with no mistakes, and we have a good lead to take into tomorrow. We will try and increase our lead in the morning but I'm sure Kris and Thierry will put up a big fight."
Fri 18:29 - SS8: Lappi
That's the day complete for Esapekka. How do you sum it up? "We lost the race at the same time as the power steering. The afternoon was positive - let's say it like this - but it's not so good to be cleaning the road tomorrow."
Fri 18:25 - SS7: Times
Mikkelsen the fastest of a batch of five World Rally Car drivers to complete SS7. We will hear from this group shortly, after they complete a second pass as SS8.
Fri 18:14 - SS7/SS8: Lefebvre
The Frenchman quickest so far with a 1m04.4s on SS8
Fri 18:13 - Welcome back
So, all eyes on the Destination NSW SSS as the top ten drivers make their final preparations
Fri 15:27 - Running order
Will be reversed for the Super Special. The World Rally Cars will be on stage from 1832hrs. We'll take a live text break until then.
Fri 15:14 - Stage info: SS7 / SS8
Destination NSW SSS 1 / 2, 1.27km. Coffs Harbour’s fan favourite street stage in the jetty area is concentrated in a small area that provides stunning views of Boambee Beach. The action on the mainly asphalt stage will be spectacular with roundabout turns, a banked corner and two jumps. Driven in a different format to 2016.
Fri 15:14 - Up next: Regroup
Cars are heading back to Coffs Harbour for a regroup before tonight's two Super Special passes.
Fri 14:59 - Australia after SS6
1.Mikkelsen 55m45.6s, 2.Meeke +20.9s, 3.Neuville +23.1s, 4.Latvala +30.4s, 5.Breen +31.1
Fri 14:56 - SS6: Trophy: Serderidis
"A perfect day. We improved almost 1sec per kilometer on the second pass. We have a good night tonight!"
Fri 14:52 - SS6: WRC 2 Rovanpera
"Slippery at the beginning and I made a few big slides, but the feeling was good. We sometimes lose engine power - the pop-off valve I think."
Fri 14:49 - SS6: Lefebvre
"In the last five kilometers I lost the rhythm a bit. I made a small mistake and lost my concentration. I lost a few seconds there. Considering the punctures this was not the day I was expecting."
Fri 14:47 - SS6: Lappi
Fifth quickest and his car has been speared by a huge stick. it's lodged in the front splitter - just inches from the radiator. "It's difficult to judge the corner grip here, it feels like a first pass," he says.
Fri 14:41 - SS6: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far to extend his rally lead to 20.9sec. "Really amazing. I'm really enjoying my third rally with Hyundai - the car feels like home now. Things are looking very good."
Fri 14:39 - SS6: Paddon
7.7sec off the pace here. "The soft tyre was not the right choice. It felt like I had a puncture here."
Fri 14:37 - SS6: Breen
His previously damaged tyre is now swapped to the front-right. There are signs of contact to the rear left. "I had a fairly huge jump near the end," he explains. "I had a bad feeling near the start, a bad vibration, I hit a bale."
Fri 14:34 - SS6: Meeke
Third quickest on his soft-compound set-up. "Fine. Just trying to figure it out. Neuville on hard tyres has made two seconds over the loop. Seems like the tyres choices were a mixed bag."
Fri 14:30 - SS6: Evans
8.6sec off the pace. "Pretty good. It felt like a good run."
Fri 14:28 - SS6: Latvala
Joint fastest with Neuville on 12m39.8s. "I wanted to to be faster than that but I did all I could on these hard tyres. It was not so clean as I thought, especially in the cuts where there was dirt on the road. I was a bit too careful where it was dirty."
Fri 14:24 - SS6: Tanak
1.6sec slower than Neuville. "Same as this morning with the missing aero. No other issues."
Fri 14:21 - SS6: Neuville
5.4sec quicker than Ogier. "I struggled a bit on the soft tyres here - especially at the rear. I couldn't really push and lost a bit of time here."
Fri 14:19 - SS6: Ogier
"It's been a tough day for us. We tried to do our best but for sure it's not so easy to drive with the gear shift problem. We didn't manage to fix it this time - the paddles worked intermittently here."
Fri 13:58 - Next stage: 1403hrs
That's the repeat of the 16km Sherwood.
Fri 13:48 - Australia after SS5:
1.Mikkelsen 43m07.5s, 2.Meeke 18.7s, 3.Neuville 21.4s, 4.Breen 26.2s, 5.Paddon 28.0
Fri 13:46 - SS5: WRC 2 Rovanpera
"I changed the rear set up and it feels good - nice to drive. The pace notes are quite good with the new set-up. We have some problem with a sensor, which is costing us some power, but it's okay."
Fri 13:42 - SS5: Lefebvre
Sixth fastest. "Same story as before - I have one more puncture in the first stage. With one spare I have to be careful. Not good."
Fri 13:39 - SS5: Lappi
"I was giving my all but I couldn't judge the grip level on the first pass. It seems I am too slow."
Fri 13:36 - SS5: Mikkelsen
Second quickest for Andreas, who completes one-tenth slower than his team-mate Neuville. "It was good clean stage with no problems, just trying to keep a good rhythm." Mikkelsen extends his rally lead over Meeke to 18.7s.
Fri 13:33 - SS5: Paddon
"Trying to attack a bit more. It went a bit better here but still room for improvement. I don't expect tyre wear will be a problem on the next stage."
Fri 13:30 - SS5: Breen
"Not really satisfied, I had to leave the soft tyre on for this stage."
Fri 13:27 - SS5: Meeke
"A good stage, I couldn't do any more. Quite happy with my tyres. Hopefully it's a good package for the next stage. Let's see."
Fri 13:24 - SS5: Evans
"A bit better on the repeat pass, for sure I have a bit more confidence."
Fri 13:21 - SS5: Latvala
Second quickest so far. "Okay. We took a hard tyre, and on the loose gravel its okay, but on the polished surfaces I'm struggling."
Fri 13:19 - SS5: Tanak
His rear bumper and diffuser have completely gone. "It was quite a slippery road, not so easy, and no aero again, so quite challenging." How does the lack of aero make the car behave? "We are driving looking through the side windows."
Fri 13:15 - SS5: Neuville
11.6sec quicker than Ogier. "Maybe sliding a little too much but I tried to push. Did Sebastien have a problem? If not, it would be too big a gap."
Fri 13:13 - SS5: Ogier
"The gear shift issue makes it harder but we do our best. I think it's an electronic issue."
Fri 13:11 - SS5: LIVE
And Ogier is approaching the finish control. Standby...
Fri 13:10 - Australia after SS4
1.Mikkelsen 33m18.6s, 2.Meeke 17.9s, 3.Breen 20.3s, 4.Neuville 21.5s, 5.Latvala 24.0
Fri 13:08 - SS4: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far and his rally lead over Meeke is up to 17.9sec. "A good stage. I took the compression quite hard but otherwise good. Still quite slippery though."
Fri 13:07 - Tyre choices
Confirmation from Michelin on tyre numbers and compounds (hard / soft) its drivers have for the afternoon loop. Citroën and Latvala: 4H&1S. Hyundai: 5S. Lappi: 3H&2S. M-Sport: 3S&2H
Fri 13:05 - SS4: Paddon
"Still not quite on it as much as everyone else. Two or three little mistakes here and they all add up."
Fri 13:03 - SS4: Breen
His rear-right tyre has been pushed off the rim. "I think it happened near the start. I have four hard tyres and one soft - that tyre was coming off anyway. I'm really happy with my choice for the whole loop."
Fri 12:59 - SS4: Meeke
"Okay, just one bad dip near the start. Everyone is on a bit of a mixture of tyres. I'm happy with mine."
Fri 12:58 - SS4: Evans
The footwell of his Fiesta is full of water." I think we blew a seal in the water splash."
Fri 12:57 - SS4: Latvala
Third quickest so far. Latvala's car looking good except for damage to the right-hand bottom corner of the windscreen. "We hit a stick in a bank 3km from the start," he explains. And road conditions now? "It isn't too messy. I took it maybe too careful in the beginning after that I got better."
Fri 12:51 - SS4: Tanak
2.8sec off the pace. There's damage to his rear bumper and the rear diffuser is missing again. Tanak doesn't hang around to explain what happened.
Fri 12:47 - SS4: Neuville
One tenth slower than Ogier. "All good. It's working. Quite slippery but better than this morning." And with that he sets off to the next stage.
Fri 12:45 - SS4: Ogier
He completes in 5m14.7s, that's 5.1sec quicker than his earlier pass, but Seb has a problem. "Again a shifting issue. Inconsistent," he explains. Like Tanak earlier, his car is missing its rear diffuser.
Fri 12:40 - Weather update
A warm 23˚C in Coffs Harbour. Skies still overcast and grey. Rain a possibility.
Fri 12:37 - SS4: Underway
Ogier in stage!
Fri 11:17 - Next stage: 1237hrs
That's Ogier's start time for the repeat of Pilbara. We'll take a live text break until then.
Fri 11:14 - Service: Breen
"Sherwood [SS3] was awesome. I'm driving with a big smile on my face. When the car works and it gives you rewards it's such a nice feeling. I can't wait to get back out there again."
Fri 11:12 - Service: Paddon
"We should have made more use of our road position but we're still struggling. There's a lot of hesitation, too many corrections on the throttle. I know where I need to be better, making it happen is the hard part. We'll go through the data now and see what we can do."
Fri 11:10 - Service: Meeke
"Generally quite happy. The speed has been good - just the one mistake in the third stage when I was too optimistic in a third-gear corner. That cost 10 or 12 seconds which has given Andreas a bit of a gap. I'm a bit frustrated by my mistake, now I need a good strong afternoon. I still think the battle is on - anything can happen."
Fri 11:05 - Service: Latvala
"I lost the front splitter 300 metres into the first stage. I don't know what the morning would have been like if that hadn't happened. l'm not completely happy, I know I can do a better job and at the moment I'm not getting the best out of myself. I want to win so I need to push myself - get some espresso and maybe hit myself a bit..."
Fri 10:59 - Service: Tanak
"It's always challenging here and it was hard to understand what was happening when we lost the rear aero. Something didn't feel right, but there is so much aero on the cars now it was hard to know exactly what was wrong."
Fri 10:57 - Service: Neuville
"Pretty good, I'm satisfied with our morning. A bit cautious at the beginning of the first stage, but we got more and more into it. We knew we would lose time in the gravel but it wasn't so bad. We need to focus on a maximum push this afternoon. Road position is the key thing tomorrow - if you don't have a good one you might as well get straight on the plane home."
Fri 10:53 - Service: Ogier
"It started quite okay on the first stage, then on the second the paddle-shift issue cost a couple of seconds. The third was very slippery and we lost a bit more. Okay, not the optimum start, but we expected a tough day. We must keep pushing because tomorrow's conditions will be even worse if I can't get any cars in front of us. I have nothing to lose, so we keep pushing and let's see what we can do."
Fri 10:41 - Servicepark LIVE
Our cameras are streaming live from the service park, so you can watch teams re-prep their cars from 1124hrs. You'll find a link in the LIVE CENTRE
Fri 10:34 - Up next: Service
Crews are heading back to Coffs Harbour for a regroup and the 30 min midpoint service. First car into regroup at 1104hrs.
Fri 10:31 - Australia after SS3
1.Mikkelsen 28m04.6s, 2.Meeke 16.6s, 3.Breen 17.7s, 4.Neuville 20.7s, 5.Tänak 20.9
Fri 10:29 - SS3: WRC 2 Rovanpera
"Really nice - my best stage ever in conditions like this. I'm starting to trust my new pace notes so it's much nicer to drive."
Fri 10:25 - SS3: Lefebvre
Second quickest - 6.3sec slower than Mikkelsen. "I'm happy with this one. A lot of road cleaning and it's better for us."
Fri 10:24 - SS3: Lappi
Two minutes off the pace due to his lack of power steering. "It's tough, but there's really no point to drive faster. I'm already on the edge of keeping the car on the road."
Fri 10:19 - SS3: Mikkelsen
Another stage win - and by a massive 6.8sec from Breen. "It's been a good morning and the car is acting just as I want it too. I was lifting the throttle way to much in here, so we'll change that for the second run. We're really enjoying our time in the car and these beautiful stages."
Fri 10:16 - SS3: Paddon
Third quickest. "A nice stage, and maybe it's just the conditions, but it feels like we have no engine power. Because of that our pace notes are too slow and we're having to make adjustments. We'll take a look in service."
Fri 10:14 - SS3: Breen
Fastest so far - five tenths up on Tanak - and Craig is reduced to tears at the finish control. "That was awesome. When it all comes together it's just absolutely perfect. I love what I do.:
Fri 10:12 - SS3: Meeke
Kris loses around 12sec in a hairy moment near the finish. "In knew were were too quick for a corner. We ran wide off the road and into bushes - I had to stop, reverse, turn and go." His car looks okay.
Fri 10:08 - SS3: Evans
Just 7.7sec slower than stage leader Tanak. "The first half was exceptionally difficult - so little grip when it's loose. But when we went off down hill it didn't seem so bad."
Fri 10:05 - SS3: Latvala
Second quickest so far. "I'm happy with the car now after the intercom issue. I thought we had a good run here but when I look at the other times I'm not so sure. I wanted to be closer to Ott."
Fri 10:02 - SS3: Tanak
Quickest so far, 9.1sec up on Ogier. "Maybe I was not smart enough on the previous stage when I tried to rebalance the set-up after losing the diffuser. This time I made settings the other way, to give a lot more grip to the rear, and it was much more driveable."
Fri 09:58 - SS3: Neuville
5.2sec quicker than Ogier. "I tried to give my best in here, it's a very fast stage with a lot of cleaning. Okay, I took something from Ogler but I guess we'll lose more to the guys behind."
Fri 09:56 - SS3: Ogier
He completes in 13m07.5s - according to the splits that's a few seconds down on his rivals. "The gear shift was working properly this time, it an electric problem and we could fix it. This stage was like driving on a beach though - no grip."
Fri 09:35 - Stage info: SS3
Sherwood 1, 26.68km. Sherwood begins on a wide uphill road and the opening few kilometres are fast and flowing with plenty of corners requiring full commitment. After 10km the stage narrows and the second half contains several muddy sections which could easily catch out drivers.
Fri 09:35 - Next stage: 0939hrs
That's Ogier's start time for Sherwood.
Fri 09:34 - Australia after SS2
1.Mikkelsen 15m13.5s, 2.Meeke 3.0s, 3.Neuville 9.5s, 4.Latvala 10.6s, 5.Breen 10.9. Lappi broken power steering
Fri 09:33 - SS2: Lappi update
"I can't find where the oil is coming from. I will go on without power steering, and we will lose a lot of time, but we might be able to get it fixed in service."
Fri 09:30 - SS2: Trophy: Serderidis
"A little bit loose in the last part otherwise we have chosen the right set up for traction. A good start. Our objective here is to have fun and to get my co-driver Fred the WRC Trophy co-drivers' title."
Fri 09:25 - SS2: Lappi update
His Toyota left a trail of oil from the stage end and Lappi has parked nearby to investigate. The front-right wheel is off and Lappi is under the car having a look.
Fri 09:23 - SS2: WRC 2 Rovanpera
"It's okay but I have a new pace note system and I have to think about them more. I need to learn more about them in the technical sections. The rally is fun and going really well."
Fri 09:19 - SS2: Lefebvre
A cautious run from the Frenchman after his puncture on SS1. "I have no spare wheel now," he explains. "I can go faster but I must finish the loop."
Fri 09:18 - SS2: Lappi
The car looks okay but he's lost over a minute. What happened? "I lost the power steering suddenly - I have no idea why." And the spin? "On a hairpin right there was a step up and I just couldn't keep the wheel in my hand, the steering is so stiff, and I needed to reverse. I will try my best on the next stage but it's going to be tough."
Fri 09:14 - SS2: Lappi
WRC TV crews report a spin and reverse mid stage.
Fri 09:13 - SS2: Mikkelsen
Quickest so far and Mikkelsen's rally lead from Meeke is up to 3sec. "I enjoy these stage. A good start to the morning. We must continue like this. The dust is bad in places but we try not to think about it."
Fri 09:10 - Australia after SS1
1.Mikkelsen 5m17.2s, 2.Meeke 1.3s, 3.Ogier 2.6s, 4.Paddon 4.8s, 5.Neuville 5.0
Fri 09:09 - SS2: Paddon
"The grip is difficult, a lot lower than we were expecting and it's not cleaning. I'm struggling with the balance of the car - but it could be worse."
Fri 09:07 - SS2: Breen
Fourth quickest so far. "You need big confidence here, big Kahunas! You have to push as hard as you can. We need to keep pushing to get a good position for tomorrow."
Fri 09:04 - SS2: Meeke
His C3 is sporting a deep gash in its front-left tyre. "It happened on a slow corner, we touched a bank. There is really bad dust in here - it's on the limit I'd say. We need to think about increasing the time gap."
Fri 09:02 - SS1: Lefebvre
16.2sec off the pace. Right-rear puncture.
Fri 09:00 - SS2: Evans
"Patches of really bad dust in here. The grip was pretty bad, it's always the same here."
Fri 08:59 - SS2: Latvala
Second quickest so far. "The intercom is good now, the cable to my helmet was broken but we fitted a spare. Without the front diffuser the front turn-in wasn't so good. I didn't expect this stage to be so tough."
Fri 08:55 - SS2: Tanak
3.8sec off Neuville's pace, Tanak reports understeer and oversteer - not helped by his missing rear diffuser. "We need to take a look at the settings"
Fri 08:53 - SS2: Neuville
5.3sec quicker than Ogier. "I was able to push more I but I am moving around too much - tricky grip and I am hesitating too much."
Fri 08:52 - SS2: Ogier
He completes in 10m06.1s and reports a gear selection issue. He has switched to the manual system.
Fri 08:47 - Stage info: SS2
Eastbank 1, 19.05km. A new stage for 2017, although parts were driven in the opposite direction 12 months ago. It is moderately rough at the start and finish but smoother elsewhere. It mixes fast roads with big sweeping corners and tighter more technical sections.
Fri 08:47 - SS2: Live
Ogier almost at the stop control. We'll bring you quotes from both stages as we get them. Stage notes for SS2 coming up.
Fri 08:46 - SS1: Mikkelsen
1.3sec quicker than Meeke and Andreas leads the stage. There is evidence of contact to the right-rear corner of his Hyundai - in fact a big section of rear bumper is hanging off - but the Norwegian is all smiles. "A clean drive, no mistakes. I'm happy with that. I could have pushed more but for a first stage that was a clean run."
Fri 08:42 - SS1: Paddon
Third quickest. "It felt quite strange near the start, like I had a rear puncture, but it didn't get any worse so maybe the rear is just moving around. We'll have a look before the next one."
Fri 08:40 - SS1: Breen
The Citroen driver slots fifth quickest on his Rally Australia debut. "Okay, but it took me too long to get started in here. The stage time is in the ball park, we'll keep the push on."
Fri 08:36 - SS1: Meeke
Quickest so far, 1.3sec up on Ogier. "I'm quite surprised by Seb's time from first on the road. I expected the road to clean. I'm happy with my run."
Fri 08:33 - SS1: Evans
7.4sec off the pace here in his DMACK-shod Fiesta. "Not so bad, but the grip seemed very, very low."
Fri 08:31 - SS1: Latvala
3.2sec off the pace and his Toyota's front diffuser is loose and dragging under the car. "I think it happened at the first corner - under heavy braking we hit one of the rubber things that protect the road. Otherwise I didn't drive well, I have a problem with the intercom - a broken cable I think. I didn't hear all the notes, very distracting."
Fri 08:28 - SS1: Tanak
2.7sec slower than Ogier and three tenths slower than Neuville. Why? "They are doing a good job I guess - nothing else. Not such a good feeling with the car here." His Fiesta is missing its rear diffuser.
Fri 08:25 - SS1: Neuville
4.1sec slower that Seb at the midpoint, he completes 2.4sec slower. "It was okay, I was not pushing very hard," he explains. "The grip was higher than I expected on these soft tyres, there was some dust hanging around, I didn't go really really fast. I think the early split is a mistake - I kept the same rhythm throughout."
Fri 08:21 - SS1: Ogier
First to complete in 5m19.8s. There is some light damage the front of his Fiesta - it sounds watersplash-related. "It's rough in places, a bad watersplash and compression but we didn't touch anything," he said. "As I expected it was slippery, we have to try and push our best."
Fri 08:16 - SS1: LIVE
Ogier started on schedule. Neuville in stage too.
Fri 08:10 - Stage info: SS1
Pilbara 1, 9.71km. A new 3.51km section at the start ushers in roads that are familiar from previous years. The initial part features two watersplashes before switching to a harder surface. It is fast all the way, with plenty of long straights and quick corners to test the brave. Trees have been felled to give improved vision and the surface is smooth throughout.
Fri 08:09 - WRC Live
Our radio service is LIVE with Becs Williams in the studio and Emyr Penlan and Colin Clark reporting from the stage ends. You'll find a link the LIVE CENTRE on the homepage.
Fri 08:09 - Start intervals
Three-minute intervals today.
Fri 08:09 - Running order
Drivers will start in championship order today. Here's how they line up: 1. Ogier, 2. Neuville, 3. Tänak, 4. Latvala, 5. Evans, 6. Meeke, 7. Breen, 8. Paddon, 9. Mikkelsen, 10. Lappi, 11. Lefebvre
Fri 08:07 - Weather
After plenty of summer sunshine in the last few days, it's a grey and cloudy start in Coffs Harbour today. The temperature is 19˚C and should hit 23˚C this afternoon. Some spots of rain reported on Stage 2, and there is a threat of more widespread showers later.
Fri 08:02 - First stage: 0713hrs
That's when the opening Pilbara stage gets underway. Crews are heading there now having left service from 0730hrs. Stage notes coming up.
Fri 08:02 - Times
All times quoted here are local. And in Coffs Harbour that's UTC +11hrs
Fri 08:02 - Friday's Itinerary
Pilbara (9.7 km), Eastbank (19.0 km) and Sherwood (26.6 km) will run in the morning and again in the afternoon after a midpoint service. The day ends with the first of two visits to the Destination NSW Super Special, set between the Coffs Harbour Jetty foreshore on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Drivers will make two passes of the short 1.2 km stage as Stage 7 and Stage 8.
Fri 08:01 - Coming up today
The opening day of competition. And compared to 2016, there is a new look to Friday when the action moves from south of the Coffs Harbour service park to a trio of fast and open stages to the north. Add in a bit of super special action and we're looking at eight stages and 57 competitive kilometres
Fri 08:00 - We're live
Tapping out news from Rally HQ in Coffs Harbour via wrc.com and the WRC App
Fri 07:59 - G'day folks
And welcome to our live text coverage of Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the final round of the WRC season.
Thu 20:53 - WRC Live Radio airtimes (UTC+11)
Fri, 17 Nov 2017, 07.45h Sat, 18 Nov 2017, 07.00h Sun, 19 Nov 2017, 07.15h
Mon 18:49 - Kennards Hire Rally Australia 2017
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