the promoter of The WRC drew a calendar with the Rally of Australia as the final feast and the hour of the truth, the event arrives at the final meeting of the season with little to decide, and without anything to celebrate. The abrupt launch of Volkswagen Motorsport in the championship, the short list of applicants and the fight for the runner-up position as the only incentive to have caused the test is played with a fowl atmosphere in which the Thierry Neuville, Andreas Mikkelsen, Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo give the small dose of competitiveness necessary to live a change of cycle right.
And is that the Rally of Australia is the last test in which the current generation of World Rally Cars will be the stars. The new models call for step and although the vehicles have been kings of the WRC will continue to be in the running thanks to the private pilots, it is evident that the appointment in the antipodes marks a change of era in the World. However, the Volkswagen Polo R WRC and the Citroën DS3 WRC will not have a release real, the whole time that the German brand has put the end to your project, and the PSA Group has chosen to give the alternative to the Citroën C3.
With all the Rally of Australia is a very sexy test for pilots. With 25 editions behind it, in its sections have earned the victory riders of the likes of Juha Kankkunen, Didier Auriol, Tommi Mäkinen, or Marcus Gronholm. In this aspect, it is one of the few events of the season that do not have Sébastien Loeb as a pilot’s most successful, band, which in this case rests on KKK. And a large part of this appeal lies in great measure in the changes of terrain and configuration of its sections, ranging from forests, meandering areas of high-speed.
Coffs Harbour is the fifth time the headquarters of the Rally of Australia
and that allows the test to be a DNA defined. In fact, a large part
the special stages are repeated with respect to last year’s edition, by
what new factor, cleaning of the sections and the dust in
suspension become the ingredients of the rally. The proof is divided in three days competitive with a stage Friday composed by four special, where the main novelty is the new route of ‘Newry’.
With 25,3 miles is the toughest stretch of the first day, that
in addition it counts with up to three super special short mileage.
the second stage of The rally has a name of its own, ‘Nambucca’. With its more than 50 kilometres, this stretch is called to decide many things in a rally that on your second day you will have only four sections, and three other super special. Finally, the final stage has to ‘Wedding Bells’ as a special which will serve as a Power Stage and which will serve as the finishing touch to a rally that has with 23 sections and 312,98 kilometres against the clock. A clasp which will also serve for the passage of the ‘silly season’ most interesting in many years and with the new World Rally Cars roaring for its premiere.
With all the Rally of Australia also promises to leave an interesting battle among a number of notable pilots. While Sébastien Ogier will have to deal with his starting position, behind the frenchman a ‘horde’ quite arisca pilots will look for the victory and the runner-up position. In this aspect, Thierry Neuville is the one that has more chances of achieving this goal, but may not be neglect at the push of Andreas Mikkelsen’s Volkswagen Polo R WRC and his two companions, since Hayden Paddon and Dani Sordo still have a chance of getting the runner-up position.
In this aspect, and without the presence of drivers and cars from Citroën Racing, the test will have a M-Sport as the third team in the fray, but without the presence of a Malcolm Wilson who stays in Cumbria with the aim of ensuring better conditions for the team of face-to-2017. Be that as it may, in the end the only reality is that there are only ten of the World Rally Cars present in the appointment in australia, which means that the slightest failure of the pilots of WRC2 will have options to score, even though the second category in the world championship, yes that you choose your title.
In fact, the resolution of the category WRC2 live ‘deferred’, Esapekka Lappi is the only candidate to the title who competes in the Rally of Australia. With Temmu Suninen and Elfyn Evans watching the bulls from the barrier, the Finnish driver of Skoda Motorsport just needs to add 14 points to get the title, so that it would be any position on the podium of the category. Taking into account that Jan Kopecký is low last time, there will only be five pilots of WRC2 in competition and only a failure of Lappi him away from the title.
Sections and schedules* the Rally of Australia 2016
Wednesday Night-Thursday 17 November 2016
|22:00h||Shakedown||Officemax Incorporated Chief Executive Officer Road||5,02 km|
Thursday Night to Friday 18 November 2016
|21:56h||SS1||Utungun 1||7,88 km|
|22:12h||SS2||Bakers Creek 1||16,75 km|
|22:40h||SS3||Northbank 1||8,42 km|
|23:48h||SS4||Newry16 1||25,30 km|
|00:41h||SS5||SSS Raceway 1||1,37 km|
|03:10h||SS6||Utungun 2||7,88 km|
|03:26h||SS7||Bakers Creek 2||16,75 km|
|03:54h||SS8||Northbank 2||8,42 km|
|05:02h||SS9||Newry16 2||25,30 km|
|07:00h||SS10||SSS Coffs 1 (WRC+)||1,27 km|
|07:08h||ss11 state road||SSS Coffs 2
Night of Friday to Saturday 19 November 2016
|22:28h||SS12||Nambucca 1||50,80 km|
|23:37h||SS13||Valla16 1||14,84 km|
|00:35h||SS14||SSS Raceway 2||1,37 km|
|03:16h||SS15||Nambucca 2||50,80 km|
|04:25h||SS16||Valla16 2||14,84 km|
|06:48||SS17||SSS Coffs 3||1,27 km|
|06:56h||SS18||SSS Coffs 4||1,27 km|
Night of Saturday to Sunday 20 November 2016
|09:31h||SS19||Settles Reverse 1||is 7.70 km|
|10:28h||SS21||Wedding Bells16 1 (M. Sports 1 / WRC+)||10,41 km|
|11:33hrs||SS22||Settles Reverse 2||is 7.70 km|
|13:08h||SS23||Wedding Bells16 2 (PS) – (M. Sports 2 / WRC+)||7,93 km|
* Schedules for Spain. In Australia it’s 10 hours more (UTC+10).