WRC first visited Australia in 1989 when the event covered a route on the west coast at Perth. It remained a firm fixture until 2006, winning the accolade of best rally three times in the 1990s. Moving to New South Wales in 2009, and two years later to Coffs Harbour, Rally Australia is a dusty, gravel rally that takes in shire roads and nestled deep into the rainforest at times. Since 2016, Australia has held the WRC season finale.
As one of the championship’s three non-European rounds, Australia requires teams and crews to acclimatise quickly to climate and time difference at the conclusion of a long season. It’s always good to end the year on a high, just as we did in 2017 with Thierry and Nicolas winning the rally.Rally Australia Website
Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P1) • Hayden Paddon / Seb Marshall (P3) • Andreas Mikkelsen / Anders Jæger (P13)
Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P3) • Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P4) • Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P5)
Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P5) • Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P7) • Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P8)
Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P6) • Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P7) • Chris Atkinson / Stéphane Prevot (P10)
Day 1: Hayden/Seb hold fourth as Thierry/Nicolas lose ground