Kennards Hire Rally Australia will return as the closing round of an exciting new-look FIA World Rally Championship on the Coffs Coast on 16-19 November next year. The event, again supported by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Kennards Hire and the Coffs Harbour City Council, will be the 25th WRC Rally Australia.
In keeping with a long-standing tradition of sponsoring high-profile motoring events, Lightforce Rally SA – Australian Rally Championship and Rally of the Heartland will become the latest events to attract Shannons support.
New attractions including the beachfront Destination NSW Super Special Stage, a strong entry list and a new calendar slot helped boost attendance at Kennards Hire Rally Australia to more than 57,000 this year.
The rally on 17-20 November was the closing round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship and was won by Volkswagen Motorsport driver Andreas Mikkelsen of Norway.
Brad Markovic has finished his first Kennards Hire Rally Australia on a high. The WA driver, who entered the FIA World Rally Championship section of the three-day event on the NSW Coffs Coast, scored the trophy for third fastest Australian. He was 15th overall in the WRC competition. Markovic, also finished sixth in the Kuhmo Tyre Australian Rally Championship section of the rally and was the first West Aussie home.
Molly Taylor made history as the first woman to win the Australian Rally Championship after taking the podium at Kennards Hire Rally Australia today. The 28-year-old Sydneysider and co-driver Bill Hayes won the Kumho Tyre ARC round of the three-day event at the end of their first season in a factory-supported Subaru Impreza.
Brendan Reeves and Rhianon Gelsomino finished strongly on day 3 of Kennards Hire Rally Australia. They started the day aiming to fly out of the blocks and that’s exactly what they did.
Exhaust issues plagued the pair on the opening two days of the event which was the final round of the World Rally Championship, but they were not to be deterred and stormed back today to finish the event solidly.
Subaru do Motorsport team driver Molly Taylor has become the first female winner of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) after the tightest title tussle in 25 years. A brilliant three-day campaign at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in the All-Wheel Drive Group N production class WRX STI NR4 saw Molly join the distinguished list of ARC champions after a mature run across 23 stages at the Coffs Harbour, NSW, event - also winning the ARC class in the rally, her first.