Great Britain countdown: Rally route

Longer stages and new roads lie in wait for crews at this week’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October).

Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship is one of the oldest events on the schedule and the tricky forestry terrain in Wales has always delivered excitement – and its share of shocks.

This season’s action gets underway on Thursday night at the short 1.70km Tir Prince super special stage.

Thursday (4 October) - WRC+ Live Stream from 18:30 until 20:00 local rally time (UTC+1)

Friday’s route sends competitors into the forests of North Wales to tackle eight stages. After feeling their way into the rally on Clocaenog (7.67km), crews then tackle Brenig (29.13km) – the longest test of the rally – which combines the former Brenig and Alwen stages by using a section of closed asphalt road.

The third stage of the loop is Penmachno (16.95km) which precedes two passes of the new spectator-friendly 1.63km speed test at Slate Mountain. After a short service in Deeside, the first three stages are repeated in the afternoon.

Friday (5 October) - WRC+ Live Stream from 06:45 until 19:30 local rally time (UTC+1)

Saturday is the rally’s longest day. The 150.24km of competitive action begins with the only unchanged stage from 2017 – Myherin (20.28km).

From there, crews will tackle classic gravel roads at Sweet Lamb Hafren (19.95km), Dyfi (19.48km) and Gartheiniog (11.26km).

Elfyn Evans was the first Brit to win his home event since Richard Burns with his success last year

A single run through Dyfnant (8.30km) precedes a tyre and light fitting zone in Newtown, before the opening quartet of stages are repeated.

Saturday (6 October) - WRC+ Live Stream from 07:00 until 20:00 local rally time (UTC+1)

One pass of the new 10.06km Elsi gets Sunday underway, with the second test of the day – Gwydir (14.76km) – hosting the Live TV Power Stage.

Gwydir runs again in the afternoon, sandwiched between two runs through the all-asphalt Great Orme Llandudno (8.03km) test – the latter of which closes the rally.

Sunday (7 October) - WRC+ Live Stream from 07:00 until 13:45 local rally time (UTC+1)

Top highlights

•    The forests! It's not a true Wales Rally GB experience without heading in to the forests to see competitors weaving their way along some of the planet's trickiest roads.
•    Sweet Lamb. The arena is a great place to watch at close quarters as crews wrestle with their cars on the slippery gravel.
•    Closed public roads. Taking advantage of new laws for the first time this year, classic forest stages have been linked using stretches of asphalt – creating yet another unique challenge.

Head to WRC+ to watch All Live from Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, including every stage broadcast live, breaking service park news and expert studio analysis.

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