FIA World Rally Championship – Kennards Hire Rally Australia 14-17th Nov, 2019.

Thursday Shakedown

The world’s best drivers descend Down Under in 62 days to contest the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship in the NSW coastal city of Coffs Harbor, the stages will be held on shire roads North, South and West of the City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Action commences with a ceremonial start Thursday afternoon on the city foreshore before completing 2 laps of the super special stage held on the coastal peninsula giving the spectators an up close and personal look at the world class competitors.

2018 – Kennard’s Hire Rally Australia Service Park.

MSport – 2018 Rally Australia.

Toyota – Gazoo Racing.

The FIA World Rally Championship is in Turkey this weekend for round 11 and could be a crucial event in the Drivers and Manufacturer’s Championship race.
With only 3 rounds remaining after Turkey, Great Britain, Spain and finishing in Australia 14th -17th November.
120 points are still available in the drivers’ championship.
Six-time world Champion and Frenchman Sebastien Ogier driving a Citreon C3 has his work cut out chasing Toyota driver Ott Tanak, who currently leads the driver’s championship with a 33-point lead over Hyundai’s Thierry Nueville and a 40-point buffer over the current world Champion, Ogier.
The Estonian Tanak deserves his lead as he has been dominant in recent rallies with 4 victories in the last 5 events.
Caution maybe Toyota’s Ott Tanak’s ally this weekend in Turkey as the rough conditions combined with his healthy points lead, means the pressure will be on his rivals both Neville and Ogier, they will have to push.
Hot conditions are expected for this weekend’s showdown in Turkey which can have an effect on tires, transmissions, brakes and decisions. Luck will play a part this weekend, it’s just who will have the fortunate outcomes and who will not, time will tell.
Turkey consists of 17 stages and just over 300 of grueling stone filled kilometers.

Water Splash – Rally Australia 2018.

Australia Rally.

Citreon Racing Rally Australia 2018.
A return for New Zealand’s Hayden Paddon driving a Ford for MSport to the Kennard’s Hire Rally Australia is a welcome addition and will give the Australasian fans a reason to cheer a little louder.
The Manufacturer’s Championship could also be decided with the last race of the year with Hyundai holding a slender 8-point lead over Toyota 289 to 281 points with only 4 rounds to go.
Speculation continues to swirl around the future of the Australian round with bids received from both Kenya and Japan, the talk is New Zealand will replace Australia on the WRC calendar, this was exacerbated by the recent delay from the FIA on announcing the 2020 calendar.

Afternoon Shower.

2018 Kennard’s Hire Rally Australia.

At the time of writing this article Toyota driver Kris Meeke has set the fastest time in shakedown in the FIA World Rally Championship event in Turkey.

 

Words and Pictures by
Terry Hill