Thursday | 21 Jul 2016

Coffs jetty test returns in Australia

Coffs Harbour’s spectacular super special stage in the jetty area of town returns to Kennards Hire Rally Australia (17 - 20 November) this year for the first time since 2011.

The 1.27km test will be driven twice at the end of Friday and Saturday’s legs following long days in the demanding New South Wales country stages. It has been significantly modified from its previous appearance when Coffs Harbour hosted the WRC for the first time.

“It promises to be a wonderful fun-filled afternoon for families and the rally enthusiast alike. You will find the 2016 test very different from the stage we ran in 2011. It will be run in daylight on Friday and Saturday afternoons and the redesigned course promises some interesting features,” said rally chairman Ben Rainsford.

Australia offers three tough days of gravel action

The rally, which runs two months later than last year and is the final round of the WRC season, includes a second spectator-friendly test at Raleigh Raceway on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The opening leg south of Coffs Harbour features four country stages ahead of the raceway test on roads that were mainly used last year. All four gravel stages are repeated in the afternoon before the Coffs Harbour action.

Saturday is based close by in the Nanbucca Heads area and includes two passes through the 50.90km Nambucca stage that was used last year.

The final leg journeys north of Coffs Harbour for five stages, incorporating new roads and some driven in the reverse direction to 2015. It ends with the live TV Wedding Bells Power Stage. The 23 tests cover 315.32km.


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