2018 Rally show at the Jetty foreshores
2018 Rally show at the Jetty foreshores Rachel Vercoe

Scenes from Kennards Hire Rally Australia


FRIDAY EVENING : The destination NSW Super Special Stage at the Harbour drew large crowds keen to see the  rally cars hit the special course.  With jumps, donut rings and a water trap it was all there for the taking. Catch all the action again Saturday afternoon from with gates opening from 2 PM when the Super Special Stage is on again.

THURSDAY: CROWDS gathered under grey skies to welcome the WRC Kennards Hire Rally Australia to Coffs Harbour . Luckily the storms held off and the Jetty foreshores made for an iconic backdrop to the Ceremoniall start to the 2018 rally. People were able to get a glimpse of their idols and grab a autographs.

THURSDAY: FACTORY teams competing in the World Rally Championships have had a chance to run their million dollar vehicles through a shakedown stage of Kennards Hire Rally Australia. 

Sweeping through a partial section of the famed Wedding Bells forestry stage, the drivers use the shakedown as a prelude to Friday's openings stages of the all-deciding Rally Australia where the 2018 World Rally Championship will be decided.  

The Advocate's chief photographer Trevor Veale was on scene to capture all the action. 

Don't forget the ceremonial start and rally show is set to start on the Jetty Foreshores in under an hour's time. 

Meet the competing WRC crews from 4pm. 

WRC shakedown highlights: World Rally Championships wrap on the Kennards Hire Rally Australia shakedown.
WRC shakedown highlights: World Rally Championships wrap on the Kennards Hire Rally Australia shakedown.


WEDNESDAY: PREPARATIONS for the FIA World Rally Championship finale at Kennards Hire Rally Australia have hit full speed with the shakedown staged today allowing crews to test their vehicles on stage.

On the Jetty Foreshores, construction workers have put finishing touches to the Destination NSW Super Special Stage, which will run on Friday and Saturday evenings in its unique setting between the harbor and Gallows ocean beach in the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores precinct.

While Kennards Hire Rally Australia will today be launched with the ceremonial start and rally show this afternoon.


Rally Australia event clerk of the course Wayne Kenny said the 1.27km section of Jordan Esplanade had been transformed from a quiet beach access road into a high-speed challenge for the fastest rally drivers and cars in the world and an exciting vantage point for spectators.

At the Pedders Rally Central Service Park in C.ex Coffs International Stadium, mechanics for top WRC teams Toyota, M-Sport Ford, Hyundai and Citroën, plus Australian Championship front-runner Neal Bates Motorsport prepared their cars, ahead of this morning's shakedown-test session. Entry to Rally Central is free.


Crews have undertaken reconnaissance of the entire 318km rally route, compiling "pace" notes that will guide the speed at which drivers tackle the many corners, crests and obstacles.

Kennards Hire Rally Australia kicks off with a free Rally Show and Ceremonial Start on the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores from 4pm on Thursday.

Drivers will sign autographs and meet fans before being flagged across a start ramp. Competition will begin on the first of 24 special stages, Orara East, at 8.03am on Friday.

Spectator tickets are available here.