Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
|Dayinsure Wales Rally GB|
|Stages:||20 (306,98 km)|
- 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.
- Gravel suspension.
- Soft compound tyres essential in cold, wet conditions.
- Studded tyres are banned – even in extreme winter conditions.
- 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.
- 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!