Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

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Wales Rally GB
Start Date: 27.10.2016
End Date: 30.10.2016
Category: WRC2
WRC
JWRC
WRC3
Servicepark: Deeside
Website: http://www.walesrallygb.com

Route

  • 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.

Challenge

  • 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.

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 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.

Don’t miss

  • 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.

14 Jan 2016

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