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KENNARDS Hire Rally Australia is here once again and we thought you might like to know a few interesting statistics about the event and the region where it is based.

PHOTO: Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville has won more stages this year – 47 – than any of his WRC rivals (Jaanus Ree/Red Bull pic)

$10 million: the approximate value of the banana harvest on the Coffs Coast each year. It’s about two per cent of the total national banana crop – but the region also produces around 75 per cent of Australia’s blueberries.

250,000: the number of Rally Australia Facebook followers. Overall the event has 350,000 followers on social media.

57,131: the number of attendees across all days of last year’s Kennards Hire Rally Australia. The number was more than 3000 up on 2015 – this year’s figure is expected to be higher again.

30,776: the number of kilos of fish, prawns and lobsters the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative handles per year. That figure does not include oysters and mussels.

27,000: the estimated number of humpback whales living in the western Pacific Ocean. An estimated 75 per cent of them pass Coffs Harbour as they migrate north and south between the breeding grounds in Queensland and the feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean. That number does not include southern right, minke and orca, or other species.

14,854km: the distance, as the crow flies, for the Toyota team to travel from Toyota Gazoo Racing home base in Jyväskylä to Coffs Harbour, but as there is no direct flight, the reality would be more.

7500: the amount of metres of branded scrim to be used on various official event areas.

3000-4000: the number of nesting wedge-tailed shearwaters (aka muttonbirds) that live on Muttonbird Island.

2100: the amount of metres of fencing around the service park area.

947.55km: total number of kilometres the competitors will travel in the event.

920: the number of volunteer officials. One has travelled from Wyoming, USA, and one from Paris, France.

700: The number of tonnes of greenhouse emissions the event offsets each year by investing in a reafforestation project in Tasmania. All carbon offsets are certified by Geneva-based auditors and tracked through the Verified Carbon Unit process.

629.22km: the number of kilometres of transport sections to be travelled by competitors.

572: the total number of tyres used by the 22 non-WRC cars running under WRC rules (26 each). Plus four extra per car, if taking part in shakedown.

336: the total number of tyres used in competition by the 12 WRC-1 cars (28 each), plus four extras for shakedown.

318.33km: the number of kilometres of competitive stages in the event.

223: the number of flags, banners and corflutes that have been printed and distributed.

110: the number of cars hired for the event.

70: the tonnage of WRC airfreight that WRC freight contractor Tony Vinson of White Knight Services is bringing to Australia for the event.

53: the age of the ‘Big Banana’. It was Australia’s very first ‘big’ thing, and ‘celebrated’ its golden anniversary in 2014.

47: the number of stages Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville has won this year. Ford’s Elfyn Evans was second with 26, while Toyota’s Jari-Matti Latvala and Ford’s Ott Tänak were equal third with 25. Newly crowned champion Sébastien Ogier was fastest on 20 stages.

26: the number of events run under the name ‘Rally Australia’. The concept was first floated in WA 30 years ago.

17: the age of our two youngest competitors. Kalle Rovanperä’s birthday was October 1, while Melbourne’s Troy Dowel turns 17 just three days before the event starts. He’s making his rallying debut at the wheel of a Super 2000 spec Volkswagen Polo.

15: cars being supplied by Toyota, the official vehicle supplier for the event.

5: the number of officials who have worked on every event.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.