Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
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- Fast gravel roads in remote forests. Picture-postcard scenery as British autumn offers a fantastic myriad of colours.
- Familiar itinerary in mid and north Wales with few changes from 2016. Based around Deeside service park.
- After a Thursday night curtain-raiser, Friday’s opening leg includes classic Myherin, Sweet Lamb and Hafren stages. All are driven twice, with just a pause for fresh tyres splitting the passes.
- A marathon 17-hour Saturday includes a double loop of stages in Dyfi and Gartheiniog, before two night tests close the action.
- Final leg is the most northerly, with the picturesque Brenig again forming the final live TV Power Stage.
- Tree-lined forest tracks are not technically difficult, but are treacherous in muddy conditions.
- Unpredictable weather can bring, rain, ice and fog.
- Inconsistent and ever-changing 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.
- 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 2016
- It moves forward in the calendar to become the penultimate round.
- A return to England for the first time since 1999. A short spectator-friendly parkland test at Cholmondeley Castle closes Saturday’s leg.
- Ceremonial start returns to Colwyn Bay while Llandudno hosts the finish.
- No mid-leg service on any of the three days.
- Superb viewing at Sweet Lamb’s famous arena on Friday. Drivers tackle the test twice.
- As the climax to Chester Rally Week, competitors will pause in the historic city for the first time in 20 years on Friday evening.