Great free attractions at Rally Australia
Visitors don’t need a ticket to enjoy every highlight of Kennards Hire Rally Australia – there’s plenty to see and do that’s FREE and near to Coffs Harbour –
RALLY SHOW & CEREMONIAL START
World Rally drivers are among the friendliest and most accessible sportsmen you’ll meet and they’ll all be on deck for the Rally Show and Ceremonial Start on Thursday afternoon 16 November. Check out all the cars on display, meet the drivers, get selfies and autographs and win prizes before the stars and cars drive over the ramp to officially start their weekend journey. Buy rally tickets and souvenirs here. Please check here closer to the rally for information about location and times.
FINISH PODIUM CEREMONY
Head back to the podium finish after the last stage on Sunday 19 November to see the winners crowned and all the finishers as they cross the stage. It will be the last moment of the rally and of the 2017 WRC season, which finishes in Australia. This spectacular event includes interviews with the top crews and the new World Champion. Did the drivers like the rally? Did they like your welcome? You’ll find out here. Please check here closer to the rally for information about location and times.
C.ex Coffs International Stadium, Stadium Drive, Coffs Harbour
Rallying’s equivalent of racing’s pit lane is called the Service Park and it’s where you’ll see great entertainment throughout the Kennards Hire Rally Australia weekend. A free Service Park visit is a great way to spend a couple of hours. At scheduled times in the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening cars return to their team service bays for replenishment, repairs and possibly re-tuning. Although service breaks are strictly limited in time, mechanics can do quite major jobs such as changing suspensions or gearboxes – and it’s all on view for spectators through the open fronts of the service bays. Service breaks are a good time to see the drivers as they wait for their cars to be readied, but the best chance comes at the Meet the Crews sessions on Thursday at 12 midday and on Friday and Saturday during the evening service break (check the website for exact times). Here, the day’s top three drivers and their team managers are interviewed by WRC Live radio’s Becs Williams in a 15-minute session and you’ll have a chance to sneak an autograph. And don’t forget, the Service Park is also the best place to buy your event, WRC and team souvenirs.
MEET THE CREWS
Thursday: 12 Midday. Friday & Saturday: during the 45 min. evening service break.
Please check here closer to the rally for exact times and location.
As soon as possible after they have completed the day’s last stage and returned to the service park, the top three drivers and their team managers are interviewed on stage. A highly-entertaining and informal 15 minutes led by WRC Live radio’s renowned host Becs Williams elicits first-hand experiences, predictions and anecdotes after the day’s competition. Here’s where you’ll hear the drivers talking openly about their successes and mistakes.