Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

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Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
Start Date: 26.10.2017
End Date: 29.10.2017
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 20 (306,98 km)
Distance: 1.470,35 km
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.

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, 341 competitors started 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 largely in Wales since 2000. 
  • Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium hosted the WRC’s first indoor stage in 2005.

What’s new for 2017 

  • Thursday night’s short opening stage at Tir Prince trotting track.
  • Famous Dyfnant test, driven in the opening leg in 2016, moves back to Saturday slot. 
  • Return of night stages in Dyfnant and Aberhirnant to end daunting Saturday leg. 
  • Gwydyr test in Snowdonia mountains is back in Sunday’s itinerary for first time since 2013.

Don’t miss

  • Superb viewing at Sweet Lamb’s famous arena on Friday. Drivers tackle the test twice. 
  • Competitors will pause in the historic city of Chester on Friday evening to meet fans and sign autographs. 
  • Cholmondeley Castle – the short spectator-friendly parkland test on Saturday afternoon provides WRC action and plenty more family entertainment. Perfect for the kids!

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