RALLY Australia’s 50 kilometre Nambucca special stage has been hailed as the best stage in the WRC by one of the championship’s leading British reporters, Jerry Williams. A regular at Rally Australia for many years, the respected Williams joined WRC drivers who praised Nambucca after last year’s event.
In his recently-launched Jezza’s Rally Blog, Williams wrote in a best-of-2015 review:
Rally Australia’s monster stage was surely one that got our attention. Before the event my Motorsport News colleague David Evans and I drove its near-51 km length in our road car. Kris Meeke described it as ‘a beautiful stage’. To us it was a huge challenge. The number of surface changes was mesmerising – fast, packed gravel to soft, sandy surface to asphalt, to hard gravel to rutted and soft, back to asphalt, hard gravel, open countryside, dark closed-in forest road, etc, etc. First time through Hayden Paddon got the trip in 28m 25.1 sec.; second run, Ogier trimmed 37.5 seconds off that. Fair play mates; we took well over an hour (though that included stops to photograph dead snakes and the like!).
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And here’s what WRC drivers said about Nambucca during their visit to the Coffs Coast last September:
It’s a nice challenge, especially this one, which has a beautiful profile.
The Nambucca stage is the highlight. It’s a really long stage, beautiful. It has everything – twisty sections, open sections, little bit on tarmac, little bit on gravel, but it is a huge challenge for man and machine.
My favourite stage is Nambucca. We all like it. It’s such a nice, flowing rhythm and a good long stage. It’s a real challenge but as I said, there’s a real nice rhythm to it, and it’s certainly one I’m looking forward to.
I like the stages, especially Nambucca stage. It’s very fast, very nice corners. Very nice area, beautiful landscape, so I really like this stage. I look forward to this stage when I come here – and the kangaroos as well.
Even in the recce car – in the 50km stage, I was telling my co-driver every three or four kilometres, “What a nice stage.”
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