Kennards Hire Rally Australia
|Kennards Hire Rally Australia|
- 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.
- 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.
- Gravel suspension.
- Hard and soft compound tyres.
- 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 was relocated to Coffs Harbour two years later.
What’s new for 2017
- Revised opening leg on Friday north of Coffs Harbour which blends familiar roads into three new stages.
- Saturday morning’s near-49km Nambucca stage is split into two in the afternoon. The shorter Argents Hill will be broadcast globally on live television.
- 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….