Michael Ford is on location for the WRC Kennards Hire Rally Australia. We brought you a chat with Mads Ostberg yesterday, now here is a great gallery from Shakedown!
The eyes of rally fans around the world will be on the Coffs Coast as top contenders Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak line up at 8am tomorrow for the first of 24 stages and 318 kilometres of fast and furious competition on the final round of the 2018 WRC season.
The WRC is tightly poised with just three points separating five-time champion Ogier, in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta, and Hyundai star Thierry Neuville. Toyota’s Ott Tänak is a further 21 points behind but still with a chance of a maiden title if his rivals fail.
Ogier struck the first tactical blow this morning when he won unofficial honours in a shakedown test on NSW Forests roads just north of the Coffs Harbour event base.
Ogier set the benchmark through the Wedding Bells run with a 2min53.8sec best. He led Hyundai’s Andreas Mikkelsen (2:54.0s) and Tänak (2:54.0), with Neuville fourth (2:54.1s).
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Words from PR, November 2018
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