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Wales Rally GB
Start Date: 12.11.2015
End Date: 15.11.2015
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Servicepark: Deeside
Website: http://www.walesrallygb.com

Route

  • 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.

Challenge

  • 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.

Car spec

  • Gravel suspension. 
  • Soft compound tyres essential in cold, wet conditions. 
  • Studded tyres are banned – even in extreme winter conditions.

History

  • 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.

Don’t miss

  • 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.

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