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Everyone loves a discount and the Kennards Hire Rally Australia two-for-one offer “Bring a Mate” has to end next Sunday. With recent news that audiences and spectating has increased at every WRC, Rally Australia is experiencing a lot of extra interest this year. There is no doubt that adding 80 HP to the 2017 WRC cars and bigger wings has added more interest to one of the best sports in the world. Combine the local interest with millions of online followers, led by Kennards Hire Rally Australia’s 350,000 online followers, and rallying interest is building. With Rally GB kicking off this weekend, it’s now our turn. It’s time for spectators to buy tickets, it’s time for rally teams to make last minute preparations and it’s time for Australia to shine on the world rally stage. It’s time for local drivers to show what they are made of. Toyota driver Harry Bates has cast aside his ARC ambitions to focus on his world rally career. He reminds me of a young Greg Carr, who took a leap of faith to drive an Escort in the RAC Rally in the early 80s. He did that solely to get himself noticed.  He did not have the opportunities that drivers have these days, but performed as well as could be expected, finishing 10th in a world class field. Brendan Reeves has entered in the Mazda AP4 car sourced from New Zealand. All eyes will be on Brendan as he battles with Harry, both in the latest machinery. Richie Dalton will drive an R5 Skoda and cannot be discounted either. Eli Evans will chase them all over the forest in his new Mini AP4. Local hero, Nathan Quinn, will do the locals proud. He will have his work cut out for him with rivals in latest spec cars. Quinn’s car, despite its age, should deliver reliability. With the news that Ott Tanak is to move to Toyota Gazoo Racing next year, the 64-dollar question is will he take on Sebastien Ogier this weekend in Wales Rally GB and challenge for the WRC drivers crown? Spectators are in for a feast of rally action, starting with the rally show, Friday action at new spectator points, then the Destination NSW Super Special Stage. Then there’s family friendly spectating at Raleigh Raceway Saturday, followed up with the Destination NSW Super Special Stage, and then on Sunday the NSW Forest Rally Village with the Power Stage live on TV. The Service Park this year has heaps of fun things for the family, and of course you can see the rally cars being serviced. There are free concerts, you can win $5000 cash from Coffs Harbour Skoda, Triple M will be broadcasting live, Lisa Hunt will sing on Saturday night from 8:15pm, and you can relax in the Red Bull lounge. There is even a jumping castle and face painting for the kids. Details here. There is so much to do at this year’s Kennards Hire Rally Australia. To get your Two for One tickets, CLICK HERE. You have only a few days left to save 50% on tickets.
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