Channel Nine Returns As Free-To-Air Broadcaster For Rally Australia

The finale of the most exciting FIA World Rally Championship in years will be shown nationally on Channel Nine following an agreement between the network and organisers of Kennards Hire Rally Australia.

Round 13 of the WRC will be staged on the New South Wales Coffs Coast on 16-19 November, with Nine’s Wide World of Sports hosting a 90-minute show live from the final forest stage, plus daily highlights and preview and review programs.

With faster new cars, multiple winners and a tightening contest at the top of the standings, this season’s WRC has become one of the hottest in championship history.

“Channel Nine’s audiences will enjoy the most spectacular television footage in world motorsport, with incomparable action, drama and scenery broadcast from the forest, rural and city stages of the Coffs Coast,” event Chairman Ben Rainsford said.

“Rally Australia is delighted to welcome back Channel Nine as our free-to-air television partner in 2017, following a successful experience in 2016.

“This will be the 25th anniversary of the WRC in Australia. Channel Nine has been our partner for the majority of those events since the early days in Western Australia and helped bring the world championship to the attention of many, many fans.

“Once again, Nine will be the free-to-air viewing destination as the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship comes to its exciting conclusion.”

A final broadcast schedule will be announced closer to the start of Kennards Rally Australia.