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RALLY Australia has welcomed back Toyota Australia as a major sponsor and official vehicle supplier for the third year at its FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) closing round on the New South Wales Coffs Coast on 14-17 November.

PHOTO: Jari-Matti Latvala’s victory at the 2018 Kennards Hire Rally Australia sealed the FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers for Toyota Gazoo Racing (Jaanus Ree/Red Bull Content Pool)

Toyota will supply 23 support vehicles for Kennards Hire Rally Australia officials to use on a wide variety of demanding tasks around the event headquarters in Coffs Harbour and on the competition stages north and south of the coastal city.

Tickets for Kennards Hire Rally Australia, priced from $29 to $119, are available now from TICKETEK.COM. Event highlights will include two nights of the harbourside Destination New South Wales Super Special Stage and a free concert by legendary rock band Dragon exclusively for 4-day ticket-holders.

“Toyota has long been a stalwart supporter of rallying and Rally Australia is proud to welcome the brand and its championship-leading WRC and ARC teams back to the Coffs Coast for a third year,” Rally Australia Chief Executive Officer Darryl Ferris said.

“Toyota’s activities on and off the stages contribute significantly to the momentum of our event. The fleet of official vehicles on Kennards Hire Rally Australia will be used in a variety of demanding tasks, conditions where Toyota’s versatility and toughness are unsurpassed.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing teams will contest the WRC and CAMS Australian Rally Championship finales at Kennards Hire Rally Australia. This weekend, they are competing in rounds in Germany and Ballarat, Victoria, with Ott Tänak and Harry Bates aboard Toyota Yaris cars leading the standings in their respective drivers’ championships.

Toyota Australia Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Gabriel said Toyota was committed to supporting rally motorsport on a global and local level and its sponsorship of the iconic Rally Australia benefited fans and customers.

“As the final round of both the ARC and WRC, Rally Australia always provides plenty of spectacular rally action for fans as teams battle it out for the fastest times across more than 300km of special stages,” Mr Gabriel said.

“Last year our world rally team won here in Australia, giving Toyota its first WRC manufacturers’ title since 1999. We are hoping for a repeat performance this year with lead driver Ott Tänak and co-driver Martin Järveoja leading the championship.

“Locally, our factory-backed TGRA rally team is also having a great season and we are very proud of the team.

“But Toyota’s support for rallying is not just about winning championships. The learnings we gain from this extreme form of motorsport are continually fed back into our development of ever-better cars for customers.”

Toyota has an international motorsport history spanning more than 60 years. It became the first Japanese car manufacturer to enter international motorsport when it contested the 1957 Mobilgas Round Australia Rally and many consider Australia to be the birthplace of Toyota motorsport.

Kennards Hire Rally Australia 2019, Australia’s 27th WRC event, is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.

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