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Rallies are about planning. Working out when to go, where to spectate and where to stay -  all part of the fun of rallying. Great rallies come to mind. Driving to the Sothern Cross in 1977 was a big challenge, days away from work, camping on the side of the road and spectating all night. Watching rally legends at impossible speeds in the middle of the night, in cars we had only seen on 16mm movies from overseas. The atmosphere was electric. Mornings were spent working out where to get a good spot, then off to the supermarket for supplies. Afternoons were spent driving to spectate out the back of the 'Pub With No Beer', or even further - a real challenge!
No GPS, no glossy spectator guides, just “information” gleaned from being a competitor. Spectating guides were few and far between, often an A4 page printed on an old Gestetner printing machine!
The basics of spectating remain today and gladly, it’s a lot easier. Parking, toilets, commentary, Lions Club hot food – all a welcome addition to the sport today, and a glossy printed programme with all the good oil on where to go and what to see, backed up by the website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even an App! The country spectator points like Blueberry , Simpsons Ridge and the NSW Forests Rally Village have great facilities. Raleigh Raceway on Saturday is an ideal spot for those who want to see top action with convenient parking, and great viewing. Hardened rally spectators who are wanting even more can buy a Hospitality ticket, with fantastic amenities including a food and drinks package. Wander around the service park during the weekend and see the WRC teams in action and, of course, the DNSW Super Special Stage on Friday and Saturday night to cap off a full day out spectating!
Rally spectating is best enjoyed with a mate. Memories of the journey, the fun of the rally and, of course, world class rally action should always be shared with a mate.
Kennards Hire Rally Australia have a “Mates Rates” deal on tickets. This deal will end on October 30, so now is your chance to spectate at one of the best rallies anywhere in the world Four drivers stand a chance of winning the WRC Drivers championship, which will likely be decided at the end of the Power Stage in Australia Sebastien Ogier from M-Sport World Rally Team is the defending champion and past Kennards Hire Rally Australia winner. He'll be fending off the challenge from the Belgian speedster, Thierry Neuville, in his Hyundai i20 WRC, only 17 points behind. Ott Tanak recently announced he would stay at M Sport, and he may well end up the lead driver in 2018 in that team. A win at Kennards Hire Rally Australia would cement his seniority for next year. If Ogier and Neuville strike problems, he may be the drivers' champion. Don’t discount Jari-Matti Latvala, driving the new Toyota Yaris WRC for Gazoo Racing. He is showing mature form, and the Toyota is getting faster with every event. Mathematically, if those in front of him falter, he could be in front as well. The 2017 World Championship decider at Kennards Hire Rally Australia will be a test of reliability, tactics and speed, and one of these drivers will take the coveted drivers’ championship trophy home. You and your mate need to be at Kennards Hire Rally Australia to watch the battle. And your mate will see it free!

The world's best rally drivers will contest Kennards Hire Rally Australia this November. Photo: Dallas Dogger

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