Thursday | 12 Nov 2015

Wales Rally GB: News in brief

A round-up of pre-event news from the WRC’s final round at Wales Rally GB:

Craig Breen is confident he will return to WRC in 2016 but the Irishman refused to confirm rumours it will be at the wheel of a World Rally Car. 

“I can’t say, but all will be revealed soon,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I have options but I’ve got some very, very strong possibilities that we need to tie down over the next couple of weeks, and I’m confident we’ll be here next year. In what capacity or what colours I’m not sure at the moment.”

• Elfyn Evans remains uncertain of his M-Sport future for 2016 but the Welshman denied feeling the pressure of needing a strong result on home ground.

“The pressure is no different to what it has been from the beginning of the year,” he said. “I knew the seat wasn’t 100 per cent secure for next year so that hasn’t really changed. OK, it’s closer now, so there’s more emphasis on it but I haven’t got a magic wand, I can only do what I can do."

• Henning Solberg will not start the rally after the Norwegian was unable to pull together a deal to drive a Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

• Event clerk of the course Fred Gallagher is retiring after 20 years in the post. The Ulsterman, who won Kenya’s Safari Rally three times with Björn Waldegård and Juha Kankkunen, will focus his organisational skills in historic rallying.

He was presented with a framed collage by Wales Rally GB’s 2015 Rally Legend Petter Solberg (below), featuring images of the winning crew from every edition of the event at which he has officiated.

• Two more live stages have been included in the WRC+ broadcast schedule this weekend. Both passes through tomorrow’s (Friday) Sweet Lamb test (SS2 and SS4) will be screened at 11.00 CET and 15.00 CET, taking the total to five.

Other stages broadcast live are Gartheiniog 2 (SS9) and Chirk Castle (SS13) at 10.30 CET and 15.30 CET on Saturday, and the Brenig 2 Power Stage (SS19) at 13.00 CET on Sunday.

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