VISITORS won’t need a ticket to enjoy every highlight of Kennards Hire Rally Australia – the upgraded Rally Park service headquarters and Ceremonial Start and Podium Finish will provide many free opportunities to meet the drivers and enjoy other attractions without leaving Coffs Harbour.
African American soul sensation Lisa Hunt tops an on-stage line-up in the Entertainment Zone, plus there’s plenty of food, drink and children’s special attractions in the Family Fun Zone, entertainment in the Red Bull Bar and Lounge, souvenirs and merchandise, live radio broadcasts and lots of giveaways.
Here’s what to see and do, where and when –
RALLY PARK & SERVICE HEADQUARTERS
C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour
Free entry Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Parking available.
• WRC servicing from:
Friday, 11.24am, 5.22pm
Saturday, 10.49am, 5.22pm
Sunday, 9.43am, 1.16pm
Rallying’s equivalent of racing’s pits is a must-see attraction. Major teams set up impressive service bays to repair and replenish cars and drivers during periodic returns from the competition special stages. This is where you may see the amazing WRC mechanics change a clutch, gearbox or entire suspension in less than half an hour – a service break is a race in its own right!
• Meet-the-Crews on stage:
Thursday 12 midday
Friday, Saturday, approx 7.30pm
The top three drivers and their team managers are interviewed on stage after they complete the final stage and return to the service park. A highly-entertaining 15 minutes led by WRC Live radio’s renowned host Becs Williams elicits first-hand experiences, predictions, anecdotes and admissions after the day’s competition.
• Other attractions:
Lisa Hunt soul singer and band – Saturday night, after meet-the-crews
Two live bands – Friday night
Hit FM & Triple live radio broadcast – Friday, Saturday
Red Bull DJ – all weekend
Red Bull Bar and Lounge
Family Fun Zone, food, drinks, children’s rides and entertainment
Trade displays including Kennards Hire, Toyota, Subaru
Souvenirs and merchandise, Rally Australia, WRC, teams
Schools visits – Friday
Business group visits – Friday, Saturday
Giant video screen showing WRC action
CITY PRESENTATION STAGE
CBD, Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour
• Rally Show & Ceremonial Start:
The super-friendly World Rally drivers will all be there for the Rally Show and Ceremonial Start in front of Coffs Central shopping mall. Check out all the cars on display, meet the drivers, get selfies and autographs and win prizes before the stars and cars drive over the ramp to officially start their weekend journey. Buy rally tickets and souvenirs here.
• Big-screen videos & live updates: Thursday-to-Sunday
The Rally Show and Ceremonial Start are over, but the giant video screen stays in action to play action footage from the forests, announcements, updates and news to keep fans informed all weekend.
• Finish podium ceremony:
Head back to the stage and giant screen in front of Coffs Central shopping mall to see the winners crowned and all the finishers. As they cross the stage, it will be the last moment of the rally and the 2017 WRC season. This spectacular event includes interviews with the top crews and the new World Rally Champion.