Rally fans can expect a bigger and better Kennards Hire Rally Australia after a major upgrade to the rally’s course has been approved.
The Coffs Coast route upgrade will see all but eight of the 24 competition stages changed with the highlight being on the Wedding Bells Power Stage where a higher and longer jump will be installed on the closing stage.
With the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and the CAMS Australian Rally Championship (ARC) to return to the 317-kilometre course in November for their respective final rounds, the changes will deliver a bigger challenge for competitors.
Some of the biggest rally names in the world will be competing including five-time champion Sébastien Ogier and last year’s Rally Australia winner and current WRC leader Thierry Neuville as the pair’s battle for top spot could come down to the Coffs Coast event.
Event chairman Ben Rainsford was thrilled with the new changes as well as the prospect of the tight finish in the final WRC round.
“Kennards Hire Rally Australia will be the biggest rally event of the year in this part of the world and the climax to one of the most exciting world championship seasons in recent seasons,” Rainsford said.
“Series leader Thierry Neuville and his nearest rival Sébastien Ogier are going to battle all the way to the last stage in Australia.
“We couldn’t be more excited about the contest to come and the new route our sporting organisers have devised to test men and machines to the limits.”
Tickets for the international event are now on sale with prices starting from just $29 and a special buy-one-get-one-free bonus on a $99 3-day pass until 31 July, which Rainsford encourages interested spectators to consider.
“To be able to see every stage of this spectacle for as little as $99 for two adult, go-everywhere tickets in one of Australia’s most inviting tourist regions, and within easy weekend reach of Sydney, Brisbane and many other centres, is a chance not to be missed,” Rainsford added.
The 2018 Kennards Hire Rally Australia will take place on 15-18 November in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.