Wales Rally GB
|Wales Rally GB|
|Stages:||19 (310,15 km)|
- Familiar route in mid-and north Wales with central service park again located in Deeside, which also hosts Sunday’s finish.
- Opening leg is the most southerly and includes the fan favourite Sweet Lamb and Hafren, the longest stage of the event.
- No mid-leg service but a remote tyre-fitting zone in Newtown.
- Saturday is the longest leg of the rally and after two loops through Dyfi and Gartheiniog, drivers face two tests in darkness.
- Final leg is the most northerly and includes the spectacular asphalt test around the rocky Great Orme headland.
- Fast, tree-lined forest tracks are not technically difficult, but made difficult by muddy and slippery conditions.
- Unpredictable weather can bring, rain, snow, ice and fog.
- Uncertain grip as isolated patches of mud or ice can trap the unwary.
- Logs piled high close to the edge of roads must be avoided at all costs.
- Gravel suspension.
- Soft compound tyres essential in cold, wet conditions.
- Studded tyres are banned – even in extreme winter conditions.
- Founded in 1932, 367 crews entered the inaugural Royal Automobile Club Rally.
- Introduction of forest roads in 1960 transformed the rally into what we know today.
- Route formerly included loops around England, Scotland and Wales but the rally has been based solely in Wales since 2000.
- Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium hosted the WRC’s first indoor stage in 2005.
What’s new for 2015
- Ceremonial start switches to Llandudno town centre.
- Return of classic stages Myherin and Great Orme to the itinerary.
- Superb viewing at Sweet Lamb’s famous arena on Friday. Drivers tackle the test twice.
- Sunday’s Great Orme stage. Find a location high on the rock and look down on the competitors as they wind around the headland with stunning views of the sea below.