Kennards Hire Rally Australia
15-18 November 2018
Coffs Coast, NSW
2018 FIA World Rally Championship (Round 13 – final)
- Tickets: www.rallyaustralia.com.au and www.ticketek.com
- Ultimate Get Me Everywhere Pass*: Adult $99, entry to all stages.
- East My Dust Pass*: Adult $39, daytime stages on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
- Race Around the Harbour Pass: Adult $29, Child over 12 years $10, Child under 12 years Free, Destination NSW Super Special Stage on Friday or Saturday.
- VIP Hospitality: Destination NSW Super Special Stage Adult (only) $265 Friday or Saturday; Wedding Bells, Adult (only) $320 Sunday.
(* Spectators aged 18 years and under enter daytime forest/rural special stages Free.)
Visit www.rallyaustralia.com.au/rallymedia and the WRC Media Room at www.wrc.com/mediaroom for stories, photos and video (registration required).
EVENT OVERVIEW – short version (176 words)
COAST THE SPECTACULAR SETTING FOR 2018 WORLD RALLY FINALE
THE beautiful Coffs Coast of New South Wales will play host once again to Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the annual Australian leg and the closing round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship. Only Australia’s second world championship event for cars, alongside Formula 1, this epic competition features the sport’s greatest drivers battling for supremacy in the toughest and most varied conditions on the planet. Multimillion dollar “factory” teams from Japan, France, Korea and Britain, plus the cream of privateer outfits from around the world and Australia tackle open-country and forestry stages across more than 300 kilometres in spectacular sub-tropical scenery. Fully-catered, family-friendly viewing points, easily accessible from the Coffs Harbour event base and the surrounding region, will be available along the competition stages every day. Spectating highlights include the Destination NSW Super Special Stage around the beautiful Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore, the amphitheatre-style Raleigh special stage and the event-closing Wedding Bells Power Stage. Free highlights include the Rally Show and Ceremonial Start on the Coffs Harbour waterfront and the action-packed Rally Central competitors’ service park.
EVENT OVERVIEW – long version (453 words)
COAST THE SPECTACULAR SETTING FOR 2018 WORLD RALLY FINALE
THE world’s fastest drivers on dirt return to the New South Wales Coffs Coast for Kennards Hire Rally Australia on 15-18 November 2018.
Rally Australia will be the final round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), bringing a big contingent of drivers, teams, media, supporters and spectators from around world. It will be the 26th time Australia has hosted the WRC, rally’s equivalent of Formula 1.
The rally demands extreme skill, endurance, bravery and teamwork and gives spectators a thrilling, up-close experience. The WRC is regarded as the most challenging series in international motorsport as it traverses 14 countries and extremes in terrain, road surface and weather conditions.
Millions of daily television viewers in more than 150 countries will track stars such as five-time World Champion Sebastien Ogier of France, New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon, Jari Matti Latvala of Finland and Elfyn Evans from Great Britain as they tackle more than 300 kms of competition stages close to the Coffs Harbour event headquarters. Along with daily highlights, selected stages will be shown worldwide on live TV and in Australia on Fox Sports and 7mate.
Top Australian drivers also take part in Rally Australia, with contenders including the the first female national champion, Molly Taylor of Sydney, three-time champion Eli Evans, experienced international Brendan Reeves, young sensation Harry Bates and the Coffs Coast’s own, internationally-experienced Nathan Quinn.
This year’s Kennards Hire Rally Australia will treat fans to more excitement than ever, wrapping up one of the closest seasons on record. Defending five-time world champion Sébastien Ogier (M-Sport Ford) has been neck-and-neck with Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville, while Ott Tänak of Estonia has relished his move to Toyots with a string of impressive finishes.
The Coffs Coast rally stages are some of the most beautiful and exciting on the WRC circuit, a bonus for fans combining a holiday with their favourite sport. Spectators can see the stars and cars up-close from dedicated Special Stage daily viewing points, at the Rally Central competitors’ service park and at the official start and finish ceremonies.
Highlights include the fan-friendly Destination NSW Super Special Stage at the Jetty leisure precinct on the Coffs Harbour waterfront. Also promising spectacular, accessible entertainment will be the Raleigh Special Stage, Saturday’s epic 29 km Welshs Special Stage and the final day’s Wedding Bells Power Stage, where thousands of spectators will watch the rally and the 2018 season – go down to the wire.
Rally spectating is an exciting and easy experience for everyone and you don’t need to be a knowledgeable enthusiast to have fun. Most all it’s thrilling and up-close, so take your camera!
About Rally Australia
Rally Australia on 15-18 November 2018 will be the 27th Rally Australia and the country’s 26th WRC event (the first event in 1988 was a round of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship). With support from the New South Wales Government through its Destination NSW tourism and major events agency, the event moved to the Coffs Coast region in 2011 and immediately earned widespread community support. The rally features a compact format on gravel Forestry Corporation NSW and shire roads north and south of the Coffs Harbour headquarters, making it easy for spectators and competitors to reach the competitive stages. The stages provide a true challenge for the WRC drivers against a magnificent backdrop of subtropical coastal and hinterland scenery.
About the FIA World Rally Championship
The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is widely regarded as the world’s most challenging motorsport championship. It’s also highly consumer-relevant, as rounds based in 14 countries on five continents pit drivers in highly-modified versions of popular showroom models over closed mostly-public roads in realworld conditions varying from gravel and asphalt to snow, ice, heat and high altitude. Started in 1973, the WRC has been a battleground for makes including Toyota, Subaru, Ford, Citroen, Volkswagen, Fiat, Audi, Mitsubishi, Mini, Lancia, Peugeot and even Ferrari. Teams representing Toyota, Citroen, Ford and Hyundai currently contest the outright category. The series attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators in some countries and a huge global television audience. The WRC is regulated and controlled by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), the governing body for motorsport worldwide, and organised by WRC Promoter GmbH of Munich.
About Kennards Hire
Kennards Hire started in 1948 when Walter Kennard hired a piece of machinery to someone who asked if they could borrow it from his garage. It has grown to be the largest family-owned hire company in Australia. Kennards has more than 150 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand and, in a first for the equipment hire industry in Australia and New Zealand, the ability to hire on-line. Kennards Hire includes a number of specialist divisions including Concrete Care, Lift & Shift, Test & Measure, Pump & Power, Traffic and Rail. Its expert advice and hire equipment services the DIY customer at home and tradesman through to residential and commercial construction sites. Kennards Hire has a reputation for reliability, exceptional customer service and making the customer’s job easy. A family culture and continuous drive for improvement have been the driving forces behind its success and have led it to be the leaders in the hire industry.