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Wales Rally GB

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Wales Rally GB
Start Date: 13.11.2014
End Date: 16.11.2014
Timezone: UTC 1
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
JWRC
Stages: 23 (309.86 km)
Distance: 1354.99 km
Website: www.walesrallygb.com

Route

  • Revised format with a greater emphasis on north Wales. 
  • Friday’s opening leg mixes the second and third days from 2013, taking in classic central Wales roads in Dyfi, Gartheiniog and Hafren Forests. 
  • It contains almost half the rally’s competitive distance with only a 15-minute remote service. 
  • Saturday’s action is closer to the Deeside service park. Most roads are familiar from last year but many will be used in the opposite direction. A short Sunday leg concludes the season. 
  • Short fan-friendly parkland stages are included on Saturday and Sunday, with Saturday’s Chirk Castle stage on asphalt.

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 2014

  • Three days of competition after opening Thursday evening leg is axed. 
  • Thursday night ceremonial start moved from Conwy to Colwyn Bay. 
  • More driving in the dark as late Saturday afternoon tests increases night-time distance from 24km to 36km.

Don’t miss

  • The final stage finish of the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship. The 10.59km Brenig test, which has never been used in the rally, ends with a glorious backdrop overlooking Lake Brenig. It’s the live TV Power Stage and the footage will be a match for anywhere else in the championship.

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