We look at Rally Australia from past years

With Rally Australia coming up this weekend, we’d thought we’d take a look back at the rallies from the past…

Rally Australia 2011

Ford World Rally Team‘s Mikko Hirvonen took his third successive Rally Australia victory, after team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala slowed tactically on the penultimate stage, in order to aid Hirvonen’s chances for the drivers’ championship title. The Ford drivers had moved into the top two placings on the opening day of the rally after Citroën’s Sébastien Loeb and Sébastien Ogier both had to retire from the day’s proceedings and return to the rally the following day under the SupeRally regulations. Loeb recovered to score a tenth place finish with the Power Stage victory, to extend his championship by four points over Ogier, who slowed on the last two stages to drop from eighth to eleventh behind Loeb.



Rally Australia 2009

The 2009 Repco Rally Australia was the 20th Rally Australia and the tenth round of the 2009 World Rally Championship season. The rally consisted of 35 special stages and was won on the road by Citroën‘s Sébastien Loeb. However, Loeb’s win was short-lived as his Citroën along with those of his team-mate Dani Sordo, and Sébastien Ogier were given one-minute time penalties for irregularities with their cars’ anti-rollbars. Ford‘s Mikko Hirvonen inherited the win, for his fourth win in succession.





Rally Australia 2006

The 2006 Telstra Rally Australia was the fourteenth round of the 2006 World Rally Championship season and the final rally to take place in Western Australia. It took place between 26–29 October 2006. Marcus Grönholm‘s fifth place ensured that the injured Sébastien Loeb became the 2006 World Rally Champion; Grönholm had needed to finish third or higher to remain in title contention.





Rally Australia 2005

The 2005 Telstra Rally Australia was taken out by Francois Duval in his only WRC win.  The Citroen driver led home Harri Rovenpera’s Mitsubishi.  The real story of the rally was Colin McRae in the Skoda.  Fighting in his comeback, the Scot would be up to third before disaster hit in the final service when a precautionary mechanical change went wrong and he was out.





Rally Australia 1989

The first WRC event at Perth after an F2 event in 1988 was a success.  The city got behind the rally, which was the first to feature the side by side events in the city centre.  Juha Kankkunen won the 32 stage event in his Toyota Celica in 5 hours, 32 minutes, 9 seconds, about 30 seconds ahead of teammate Kennith Eriksson.


Photos by Sam Tickell

Words by Sam Tickell, Wikipedia.

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