Mikko Hirvonen won the last Rally Australia, 37.1 seconds up on Petter Solberg, however
that was back in 2006 and then of course the event was based in Perth. Manfred Stohl completed the top three in '06, followed by Xavier Pons, Marcus Gronholm and Jari-Matti Latvala. Sebastien Loeb
did not compete in the event as he was out injured following a mountain bike accident.