The 2018 World Rally Championship finishes off with the Rally Australia, the crown jewel of the WRC. The 26th edition of the prestigious race will be staged in the scenic coastal city of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The favourite is Frenchman Sebastian Ogier, winner of the past five World Rally Championships, and you can watch the best of this exciting event at home or stream the action live to a mobile device.
2018 Rally Australia Preview
Officially known as the Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the race is always a challenge for drivers. This year’s edition should be no different for all concerned, with rain forecast to hit the Coffs Harbour area, located in the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, right throughout the weekend, which was the case last year, with heavy rain ensuring drivers had tough times trying to navigate the tricky circuit, which has been traditional for being unforgiving even in sunshine.
The event, which has been staged at Coffs Harbour for a number of years, hasn’t been completed without controversy. In 2009, there were heavy protests by locals against the event being held there given they thought that it didn’t blend in with the eco-friendly nature and surroundings that Coffs Harbour has. But given it spikes employment for the locals, along with generating millions of dollars via tourism, it’s a no brainer for Coffs to have the event staged.
Sebastian Ogier is looking to wrap up another World Rally Drivers Championship, his sixth in a row, and that is a record that will stand for some time yet. He won three consecutive races at Coffs Harbour (2013-15), but that run came to an end in 2016 at the hands of Andreas Mikkelsen before Thierry Neuville got the win 12 months later. Neauville is the main danger to Ogier in the Driver’s Championship and it’s pretty much a case of whoever finishes better at Coffs will win the title. But the man to beat is Ogier. He is ruthless, aggressive and very ambitious, hence why he’s considered the best in the business. He will have a wave of support in looking to create more history.
When: Friday 17 Nov – Sunday 19 Nov
Where: Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia
Rally Australia TV Times (AEDT)
Saturday 17 Nov: 12.00pm – 1.00pm (Rally Australia Stage 13) – Foxtel/7Mate
Sunday 18 Nov: 1.00pm – 2.30pm (Rally Australia Power Stage 24) – Foxtel/7Mate
Shown as Sydney time on Fox Sports, 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 2018 Rally Australia free to Air TV coverage is limited Fox Sports 2 (Foxtel) will provide the most complete coverage of this exciting WRC event, including daily Rally Championship replays for those who wish to catch up, as well as the recently launched Kayo sports free trial.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider the Foxtel Now from Telstra Sport combo. With the Sport combo you can watch the designed stages live online or stream the available Rally Australia free to eligible mobile devices using the Foxtel Go app.