Kennards Hire Rally Australia

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Coates Hire Rally Australia
Start Date: 17.11.2016
End Date: 20.11.2016
Timezone: UTC 11
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Servicepark: Coffs Harbour
Website: www.rallyaustralia.com

Route

  • Rugged and dusty forest tracks in the bush combine with shire roads, in public use throughout the year, to provide a tough and tricky gravel blast. 
  • Based in Coffs Harbour, almost halfway between Sydney and Brisbane on the New South Wales coast. 
  • A new-look Friday features three previously unused stages on wild forest roads north of the town, driven in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. 
  • Highlight of Saturday’s longest leg is the monster 49km Nambucca. In the afternoon it is split into two stages, Welshs Creek and Argents Hill. 
  • Friday and Saturday close with two runs through the asphalt Destination New South Wales test on the Coffs jetty, with dramatic sea views offering a picture postcard backdrop. 
  • Three stages to the north provide Sunday’s finale, including Bucca and the fan favourite Wedding Bells Power Stage.

Challenge

  • A mix of hard base roads, some tight and twisty and others fast and flowing.
  • Shire roads are lined by trees close to the edge in many places.
  • Many stages travel through dense rainforest and the low angle of the sun in mornings and evenings can create a ‘strobe’ effect as it flashes through the branches.

History

  • Australia hosted WRC from 1989 to 2006 in the west coast city of Perth.
  • Langley Park super special stage next to Swan River provided the template for such tests.
  • Won the accolade for the best rally three times in the late 1990s.
  • The rally moved to the east coast in New South Wales in 2009 and two years later was relocated to Coffs Harbour in 2011.

What’s new for 2016 

  • The rally is two months later than last year and marks the final round of the season.
  • Super special stage in the jetty area of Coffs Harbour returns for the first time since 2011. It will be driven at the end of Friday and Saturday’s legs.
  • Raleigh Raceway hosts a short spectator friendly test on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Don’t miss

  • Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe. He owns a cattle farm just outside Coffs Harbour which contains a chapel where he was married in 2011.
  • Coffs Harbour is the centre of Australia’s banana industry and the Big Banana is its biggest tourist attraction. It hosts a three-storey high inflatable waterslide, which is the biggest in the world, and a walk though banana. Honestly….

14 Jan 2016

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