The 2019 World Rally Championship was scheduled to finish off with the Rally Australia, the crown jewel of the WRC. The 27th edition of the prestigious race was set to be staged in the scenic coastal city of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, and would have given Estonian Ott Tanak a chance to finish the year off on a high note after securing his maiden World Rally Championship. However, the event has been cancelled due to the presence of bushfires in the region.
2019 Rally Australia Preview
Officially known as the Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the race is always a challenge for drivers. The Coffs Harbour region is currently dealing with serious bushfires which have cast some doubt on the ability for the event to go ahead, and while it will most likely still run it will probably be a shortened version of the race.
The Rally Australia has been held virtually every year since 1988, and has been run at Coffs Harbour annually since 2011. Finnish drivers have typically had a hold on the event – four of the six drivers to have won it multiple times hail from Finland, with Juha Kankkunen, Marcus Gronholm and Mikko Hirvonen all winning on three consecutive occasions. Frenchman Sebastien Ogier repeated that feat between 2013-2015, but a new winner has been crowned every year since
Unfortunately, bushfires in New South Wales have forced organisers to cancel the 2019 edition of the event. After consultation with the state government, the local community and emergency services, it was deemed that this was the only reasonable course of action. If you’re looking for some other motorsports action this weekend, the Brazilian Grand Prix takes place from Saturday, 16th November while the MotoGP season reaches its conclusion with the Valencian MotoGP.
When: Friday 15 Nov – Sunday 17 Nov
Where: Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia
Rally Australia TV Times (AEDT)
Event cancelled due to fire danger
Shown as Sydney time on Fox Sports (Kayo/Foxtel), adjust for regional differences. Australia World Rally Free to Air coverage is limited due to licensing agreement.
Watch or Stream Rally Australia Live
While the 2019 Rally Australia free to Air TV coverage is limited Fox Sports 6 (Foxtel/Kayo) will provide the most complete coverage of this exciting WRC event, including daily Rally Championship replays for those who wish to catch up, and the opportunity to watch motorsports online with compatible devices.
If you’re a resident of Australia and don’t have access to Fox Sports you may wish to review the FREE 14 day Kayo Sports trial which has no lock-in contract. With the Kayo trial you can stream the Rally Australia free using a range of eligible mobile devices, and with their unique live RaceView feature you can watch key moments from right on board including the Valencia MotoGP (Nov 18) and Formula One Grand Prix in Brazil also on Nov 18.
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