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WRC 2017 Rally Australia – A Preview

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It’s time for WRC season 2017 finale, down under! Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the final round of the 2017 season of World Rally Championship is just about a week far from now. It is also one of the fastest rallies on the calendar and has one of the most scenic routes to watch for the spectators and competitors to enjoy. Having said that doesn’t make it any easier to the competition, but rather tougher!

 Rally-Australia-2016-3The rally passes through the forests of New South Wales and hq’ed in Coffs Harbour, which is dry, hot and dusty, all thanks to the southern summer. Yes, the seasons are almost reversed in the southern hemisphere and it scorching summers while the north chills!

Last year’s winner Andreas Mikkelsen is the one to be watched out eagerly since he has successfully managed to seat in a Hyundai i20 WRC, after missing few rounds earlier in the season and a few for Citroen before signing long term contracts with the Korean car maker.

 Rally-Australia-2016-2Sebastien Ogier, who recently clinched his 5th successive WRC driver’s title, will be another driver to be watched out for the weekend. Thierry Neuville, Ott Tanak, and Hayden Paddon are another few drivers which we cannot neglect to mention. Mads Ostberg & recent rally winner Elfyn Evans has the potential to surprise, with their not so surprising driving abilities.

Itinerary

Shakedown (Coffs) 5.02 km 16. 11. 08:00 – [15. 11. 22:00 GMT+1]
1st leg
SS1 Pilbara I 9.71 km 17. 11. 08:13 – [16. 11. 22:13 GMT+1]
SS2 Eastbank I 18.92 km 08:36 – [16. 11. 22:36 GMT+1]
SS3 Sherwood I 26.59 km 09:39 – [16. 11. 23:39 GMT+1]
Service A – Coffs Harbour – 30 Min 11:24
SS4 Pilbara II 9.71 km 12:37 – [17. 11. 02:37 GMT+1]
SS5 Eastbank II 18.92 km 13:00 – [17. 11. 03:00 GMT+1]
SS6 Sherwood II 26.59 km 14:03 – [17. 11. 04:03 GMT+1]
SS7 SSS Destination NSW I 1.27 km 16:54 – [17. 11. 06:54 GMT+1]
SS8 SSS Destination NSW II 1.27 km 17:02 – [17. 11. 07:02 GMT+1]
Flexi Service B – Coffs Harbour – 45 Min 17:32
Leg total 112.98 km
2nd leg
Service C – Coffs Harbour – 15 Min 18. 11. 06:00
SS9 Nambucca17 48.89 km 07:18 – [17. 11. 21:18 GMT+1]
SS10 Newry17 I 20.86 km 08:56 – [17. 11. 22:56 GMT+1]
SS11 SSS Raceway 1.37 km 09:44 – [17. 11. 23:44 GMT+1]
Service D – Coffs Harbour – 30 Min 10:49
SS12 Welshs Creek 33.49 km 12:22 – [18. 11. 02:22 GMT+1]
SS13 Argents Hill 12.33 km 13:08 – [18. 11. 03:08 GMT+1]
SS14 Newry17 II 20.86 km 14:16 – [18. 11. 04:16 GMT+1]
SS15 SSS Destination NSW III 1.27 km 16:54 – [18. 11. 06:54 GMT+1]
SS16 SSS Destination NSW IV 1.27 km 17:02 – [18. 11. 07:02 GMT+1]
Flexi Service E – Coffs Harbour – 45 Min 17:32
Leg total 140.34 km
3rd leg
Service F – Coffs Harbour – 15 Min 19. 11. 06:20
SS17 Pilbara Reverse I 10.03 km 07:18 – [18. 11. 21:18 GMT+1]
SS18 Bucca16 31.90 km 07:36 – [18. 11. 21:36 GMT+1]
SS19 Wedding Bells16 I 6.44 km 08:38 – [18. 11. 22:38 GMT+1]
Service G – Coffs Harbour – 30 Min 09:53
SS20 Pilbara Reverse II 10.03 km 11:06 – [19. 11. 01:06 GMT+1]
SS21 Wedding Bells16 II [Power Stage] 6.44 km 12:18 – [19. 11. 02:18 GMT+1]
Service H – Coffs Harbour – 10 Min 13:16
Leg total 64.84 km
Event total 318.16 km

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Post Author: Ashok R

Hi everyone! My name is Ashok, a rally fan from Bengaluru, India. Being a rallynut I took a plunge into motorsport as a rally rider. I still try to do whenever time permits, to prove it to myself that I am still young!