Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
|Dayinsure Wales Rally GB|
|Stages:||23 (318,13 km)|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gravel suspension.
- Soft compound tyres likely to be the preferred option in the British autumn.
- 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 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).
- 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.