The favourite is Frenchman Sebastian Ogier, winner of the past five World Rally Championships, and you can watch the best of this exciting event on a standard or HD TV, or stream the available action to an eligible mobile device with a Free Trial.
2017 Rally Australia Preview
Officially known as the Kennards Hire Rally Australia, the race is always a challenge for drivers. The 2017 edition should be no different for all concerned, with rain forecast to hit the Coffs Harbour area right throughout the weekend, with up to 10mm expected to come down. It was near identical conditions for the 2016 edition of the race, which caused the track to be unforgiving, especially around the corners. So it will be absolutely vital that the respective teams know how to handle these conditions.
Once underway the drivers will no doubt look forward to the Bunnings Jumps, which is regarded as one of the sports most famous locations, with the public packing the place out to watch the drivers cross the challenging terrain and off-road surfaces. It is such a fascinating part of the race to watch. The finish is named the “Power Stage”, where the top drivers compete for bragging rights and extra points.
Sebastian Ogier has wrapped up another World Rally Drivers Championship, his fifth in a row, and that is a record that will stand for some time yet. He won three consecutive at Coffs Harbour (2013-15), but that run came to a halt last year when Andreas Mikkelsen got the spoils with co-driver Anders Jaeger. But it is all about Ogier, who leads by 32 points heading into the final stage of the season. He has finished on the podium ten times throughout 2017, including two wins, which were at Monte Carlo and Rally Portugal. He is ruthless, aggressive and very ambitious, hence why he’s considered the best in the business.
When: Friday 17 Nov – Sunday 19 Nov
Where: Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia
Rally Australia TV Times (AEDT)
- Friday 17 Nov: 11.30 pm – 12:00 am (Day 1 highlights)
- Saturday 18 Nov: 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm LIVE Stage 13 Argent’s Hill
- Saturday 18 Nov: 6.30 pm – 7.00 pm (Day 2 highlights)
- Saturday 18 Nov: 11.30 pm – 12:00 am (Day 2 highlights)
- Sunday 19 Nov: 9.00 am – 10.00 am LIVE Stage 19 Wedding Bells
- Sunday 19 Nov: 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm LIVE Power Stage
- Sunday 19 Nov: 9.00 pm – 11.30 pm (Stage 19 & Power Stage Replay)
- Sunday 19 Nov: 11.30 pm – 12.00 am (Day 3 highlights)
Shown as Sydney time on Fox Sports, adjust for regional differences. Rally Australia Free to Air not available in Australia.
Rally Australia Live Streaming and a Free Trial
While the 2017 Rally Australia Free to Air TV coverage is limited to an hour of live action on Sunday, Fox Sports 2 (Foxtel) will provide the most complete live coverage of this exciting WRC event, including daily WRC replays for those who wish to catch up.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to consider Foxtel Now’s 2 weeks Free live TV trial, which will televise the best of this must see race and other popular sports online*, as well as offering Rally Australia online streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within minutes of getting started.