The Kennards Hire Rally set for Australia from November 16-17 will feature all-new stages on the opening day and other changes designed to increase the excitement for drivers and spectators at the finale of the current World Rally Championship (WRC) season.
This year’s route, revealed with the publication of Rally Guide 1 last week, features 21 stages covering 318 kilometers on mainly gravel shire and forestry roads of the New South Wales Coffs Coast.
The biggest change to last year’s itinerary comes on the first day, when the stage action will move from south of the Coffs Harbour Service Park to the north, the most distant being Sherwood, around 40 kilometers away. Pilbara (9.7 kilometers), Eastbank (18.9 kilometers) and Sherwood (26.6 kilometers) will be run in the morning and repeated in the afternoon.
The second day returns to the south. The Nambucca stage has been shortened slightly to just under 49 kilometers for the morning pass, while in the afternoon it becomes two new stages run consecutively: Welshs Creek (33.5 kilometers) and Argents Hill (12.3 kilometers).
North of Coffs Harbour on the last day, the stage known formerly as Settles Reverse becomes Pilbara Reverse (10 kilometers), while Bucca and the event-closing Wedding Bells, the event’s live TV Power Stage, are unchanged.
Other highlights of the route are the return of the Destination New South Wales Super Special at its spectacular ocean-and harborside location in Coffs Harbour on the evening of second and third days, and the stadium-style Raceway SSS on the second day in the morning.
“The changes we have made for the 2017 route promise exciting new challenges for the drivers and a fantastic climax to the season,” event chairman Ben Rainsford said.
“We have seen how wild and fierce the new 2017 World Rally Cars are in the other rounds and we can’t wait to see how they perform on our Australian roads,” he added.
The second annual WRC Gala and Awards night hosted by Rally Australia and WRC Promoter will close the season in style at Sydney’s harborside Museum of Contemporary Art on November 20.