Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

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Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
Start Date: 04.10.2018
End Date: 07.10.2018
Category: WRC3
WRC2
WRC
Stages: 23 (318,13 km)
Distance: 1.419,06 km
Servicepark: Deeside
Website: http://www.walesrallygb.com

Stages

  • Fast gravel roads in remote forests. Picture-postcard scenery as British autumn offers a fantastic myriad of colours.  
  • After a Thursday night curtain-raiser, Friday’s opening leg traverses two loops of three north Wales stages, split by two quickfire fan-friendly tests at slate caverns in the Snowdonia mountains.
  • Super Saturday features more than 150km of action in mid-Wales, including double runs over classic roads in Myherin, Sweet Lamb Hafren, Dyfi and Gartheiniog.  
  • This longest leg has no opportunity for service during the day. Just a lunchtime tyre change is scheduled on the busy streets of Newtown.  
  • It’s back north for Sunday’s finale. Three tough forest tests in Snowdonia are supplemented by two asphalt stages around the iconic Great Orme headland, which finish on the streets of Llandudno.

Iconic Stage

  • Plenty of candidates, but we’ve opted for Saturday’s Myherin. Although it’s not the full-length version as the most westerly part remains inaccessible, the 20.28km test is still a classic. Fast and smooth with flowing corners, it features a spectacular section lined with wind turbines across open moors and a series of quick bends near the finish with dramatic valley views.

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Challenge

  • Tree-lined forest tracks are not technically difficult, but are treacherous in muddy conditions. 
  • Unpredictable weather can bring rain and fog.
  • Inconsistent and ever-changing grip as isolated patches of mud can trap the unwary.
  • Logs piled high close to the edge of roads must be avoided at all costs.
  • Avoid car damage on Super Saturday as there is no service in which to make repairs until the end of the day.

Car Setup

  • Gravel suspension. 
  • Soft compound tyres likely to be the preferred option in the British autumn.
  • Studded tyres are banned – even in extreme winter conditions.

Event 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 2018 

  • Recent legislation means public roads can be closed, allowing organisers to link traditional gravel forest tracks with short asphalt sections to create longer stages.
  • Such links bring the return of an extended Penmachno on Friday and the merger of Brenig and Alwen into a 29.13km challenge – the longest of the rally.
  • Other new tests include Friday’s Slate Mountain, a short gravel stage driven twice at a popular tourist attraction, and Sunday’s Elsi stage.
  • The traditional rally-closing Power Stage, which offers bonus points to the fastest five drivers, will be held in Sunday’s second test in Gwydir instead.
  • The all asphalt Great Orme Llandudno stage returns (see below).

Top Highlights

  • The action blasts off at sunset under the spotlights at Tir Prince raceway. High-flying jumps and flames lighting up the night sky are on the agenda.
  • Friday’s new Slate Mountain stage runs at a venue well-known to adenalin-seekers for its underground adventures and is home to Europe’s first four-person zip line.
  • Superb viewing at Sweet Lamb’s famous arena on Saturday before cars head into the adjoining Hafren Forest for the rest of the stage. Drivers tackle the test twice.
  • Sunday’s Great Orme Llandudno stage. A spectacular test which traces a twisting ribbon of asphalt that clings to the rugged rock face circling the headland, before switching to closed public streets in the town and finishing on the beachside Promenade.

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