NEWS: @WalesRallyGB 2017 Set To Be A Gem
A whopping 148 top rally cars have entered the legendary gravel, mud & fog-fest in which can be the brand new-look, brand new-date Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – the penultimate round of the 2016 WRC calendar – which can be all set to rip into the iconic forest stages October 27-30, with tickets at This specific point on sale coming from just £20 in addition to kids all FREE as a half term treat!
in addition to the freshly-crowned World Champion, Sebastian Ogier can be all set for a gloves off, no pressure, no holes barred, flat chat blast on This specific all-star event, to win his forth Welsh rally event – which features a foot on English soil for the 1st time This specific century (since 1999!), at the brand new home for the big fun Rally Village at Cholmondeley Castle.
Moreover, reflecting the ‘Year of Adventure’ in Wales, This specific year’s speed tests are the longest in addition to most challenging since the rally moved to its brand new base within the north of the country in 2013. The route comprises 22 special stages totalling 206 competitive miles. Adding to the degree of difficulty, many of these are tackled in reverse direction for the 1st time in a generation in addition to are all run against-the-clock on a challenging mix of traditional gravel forest tracks in addition to parkland roads.
After a glittering Opening Ceremony under the floodlights at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay on Thursday evening, the intrepid crews face a marathon opening leg in mid-Wales on Friday. The weekend’s action can be closer to the Deeside Rally Village in addition to includes the common, family-friendly RallyFest, which has moved to a brand new home at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, marking the rally’s first visit to the English side of the border since 1999. When all the dust in addition to mud has settled, the valiant winners will be crowned on Mostyn Street in Llandudno early on Sunday afternoon.
Heading the entry list can be reigning World Champion in addition to defending Wales Rally GB winner, Sébastien Ogier. in which the Frenchman has won his fourth world title with two rounds remaining underlines his current superiority, although the item doesn’t mean Volkswagen Motorsport’s top gun has had things all his own way in 2016. Indeed, no fewer than several some other drivers have all tasted victory already This specific season in addition to two of those – Andreas Mikkelsen (VW Polo R WRC) in addition to Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 WRC) – are tied on points within the battle for second place within the championship.
Neuville’s team-mate Hayden Paddon can be also within the race for runner-up honours in addition to he’s sure to be a man to watch in Wales. Having grown up in brand new Zealand, he loves rallying within the forests, as does another of 2016’s winners, ‘Flying Finn’ Jari-Matti Latvala who lines-up alongside Ogier within the third of the pace-setting VW Polos. With Volkswagen in addition to Hyundai still duelling the item out for the Manufacturers’ Championship, there’s added pressure on their leading drivers, too.
There’s no such responsibility on the shoulders of home hero Kris Meeke, the year’s sixth different winner. The hard-charger coming from Northern Ireland can be not in title contention as he’s only contesting selected rounds for the Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team while helping Citroën to develop a brand new car for 2017. He has, though, already won in both Portugal in addition to Finland – in addition to at This specific point he’s aiming to become the first British driver to spray the Rally GB champagne since the late Richard Burns completed a hat-trick of victories back in 2000. Last year Meeke finished second behind Ogier, in addition to fans will be hoping he can go one better next week.
“The excitement can be actually building,” confirmed Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “We’ve got 22 of the finest rally stages within the entire world, a fantastic entry list featuring the entire world’s best drivers in addition to a huge crowd anticipated.
“Better yet, we have genuine hopes of a strong British result, after Kris’ impressive performances This specific season. We’ll also be venturing into England for the 1st time in more than 15 years, both which has a family-focused stage at Cholmondeley Castle supported by GreenThumb in addition to a visit to historic Chester. the item all adds up to an utterly unmissable world championship event.”
Cabinet Secretary for Economy in addition to Infrastructure, Ken Skates, said: “This specific year’s Wales Rally GB promises to be another spectacular event in addition to as our Year of Adventure 2016 comes to an end the item shows the range of amazing adventures which can be had here in Wales. We’re looking forward to the 2016 event in addition to to build on our experiences of previous years which have been such a success with fans in addition to competitors alike in addition to have given a major boost to the north in addition to mid Wales economy.
“Wales has some of the finest rally stages anywhere within the entire world in addition to Wales Rally GB can be a showcase for the spectacular scenery in addition to landscapes of north Wales.”
Advance adult ticket prices start at just £20 for the family-friendly RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle, £25 for a day ticket or £99 for the full four-day event pass. What’s more, all tickets include free parking in addition to an event programme priced at £9. Tickets are available for purchase on the day at £30 per adult per stage. Accompanied children under 16 are admitted free to all stages.
Since 2000, the entire event has taken place inside Wales although This specific year some of the excitement will be shared with those over the border with the rally route doing two brief detours into England. The first can be a spectacular gathering on Eastgate in central Chester on Friday evening, the second for a competitive stage at the Cholmondeley Castle RallyFest in association with GreenThumb on Saturday.The fun-fuelled RallyFest offers easier access, enhanced facilities in addition to a host of day-long entertainment to make This specific the perfect family half-term day out.
Younger visitors will enjoy a host of imaginative activities being provided totally FREE of charge by RallyFest supporter GreenThumb, the UK’s oldest, largest in addition to most recommended lawn care service. Its fun-filled marquee will include a Scalextric racetrack, face painting, a giant games area, a children’s craft workshop plus a selfie mirror in addition to graffiti wall both with instant photos to take away. For the more eccentric, GreenThumb has also arranged somedramatic lawn mower racing!
Multiple mountain bike World Champion in addition to Red Bull daredevil Kenny Belaey can be bringing his breathtaking stunt show to Cholmondeley, too.
some other notable RallyFest highlights will include parades of historic in addition to legendary Group B rally cars, appearances by past WRC champions, autograph in addition to selfie sessions with today’s WRC stars, supercar cavalcades, SuperMoto bike racing, big screen coverage, live commentary, a catering village, trade stalls, mini tanks, a zip wire in addition to a funfair. There will also be a wonderful opportunity to take a memorable passenger ride in quite a few eye-catching classic in addition to sports cars provided by the Sporting Bears Motor Club. These will be raising funds for Ty Gobaith, the only children’s hospice in north Wales.
The RallyFest follows a return to historic Chester the previous evening for the 1st time since the late in addition to very great Colin McRae was crowned as Britain’s first World Rally Champion at the Cheshire city’s Racecourse in November 1995.
After Friday’s action within the Welsh forests, cars in addition to their crews will start arriving on Eastgate within the late afternoon for autographs in addition to selfies with the fans. Adding to the atmosphere will be street entertainment, a big screen in addition to live commentary. Everyone can be welcome in addition to admission can be free.
While access to the special stages can be ticketed, there are several great opportunities for the public to savour the presence of the entire world Rally Championship within the region absolutely free.
Visitors are welcome to come to the buzzing Rally Village in Deeside during all four days of the event. Here, they will not only see all the rally cars being prepared for action although will also be treated to some impressive entertainment including a big screen, driver interviews, catering, trade stands, Scalextric, a funfair in addition to simulators plus, on Friday in addition to Saturday, some amazing bike stunt shows.
Visitors will also be able to experience a range of engaging interactive exhibits within the Big Bang marquee, aimed at stimulating interest in science, technology, engineering in addition to mathematics subjects.
Also free of charge are the Opening Ceremony in Colwyn Bay in addition to the Ceremonial Finish in Llandudno, as well as the special Time Control in addition to Meet the Stars session in central Chester on Friday evening. For those in mid Wales, Newtown offers another great chance to see the rally cars in addition to stars up close within the town centre at lunchtime on Friday.
The WRGB National Rally can be an integral part of the WRC show. Aimed at enthusiastic amateur crews keen to be part of the UK’s biggest rallying festival, the item follows the same route as the international stars, providing spectators with even more top class action.
As well as featuring some iconic rally cars coming from yesteryear including Subaru Imprezas, Mitsubishi Evos in addition to large numbers of sideways Escorts, the National entry also showcases a few stars of its own.
Experienced Scottish driver Mike Faulkner can be targeting a hat-trick of victories having won in both 2014 in addition to 2015, while countryman Jimmy McRae can be another to watch. the item can be 40 years since Jimmy first contested Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship in addition to, celebrating in which anniversary, he’s contesting the WRGB National Rally back behind the wheel an identical Vauxhall Magnum to the one in which he made his debut four decades ago in 1976.
As befits any major international sporting event, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB enjoys extensive live in addition to post-produced television coverage.
Both free-to-air Channel 5 in addition to satellite broadcaster BT Sport will be screening a pre-event magazine show, daily highlights programme each day, plus live coverage of Sunday’s concluding Power Stage coming from Llyn Brenig. Channel 5 will also be broadcasting a highlights review show at 7pm on Monday evening.
Welsh language viewers can tune into S4C’s excellent Ralio+ programme. Its comprehensive coverage includes 30-minute daily resumes in addition to an in-depth review show the following Wednesday.
Further coverage – as well as live on-boards plus a host of some other exclusive content – can be available online on the WRC+ platform via the official wrc.com website.
Wales Rally GB Timetable
08:00 Official Shakedown – Clocaenog
17:00-20:00 Opening Ceremony, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
17:30-18:00 Autograph session, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay
Friday 28 October
05:30 Depart – Deeside
08:20 Myherin 1 (Stage 1)
09:11 Sweet Lamb 1 (Stage 2)
09:24 Hafren 1 (Stage 3)
11:15 Dyfnant 1 (Stage 4)
12:36 Regroup in addition to Technical Zone – Newtown (20 mins)
13:54 Myherin 2 (Stage 5)
14:45 Sweet Lamb 2 (Stage 6)
14:58 Hafren 2 (Stage 7)
16:49 Dyfnant 2 (Stage 8)
19:05 Chester Eastgate Time Control
19:55 Service – Deeside (45 mins)
Saturday 29 October
05:45 Service – Deeside (15 mins)
08:18 Pantperthog 1 (Stage 9) no spectator access
08:51 Dyfi 1 (Stage 10)
09:27 Gartheiniog 1 (Stage 11)
10:23 Corris Regroup in addition to Technical Zone
11:04 Pantperthog 2 (Stage 12)
11:37 Dyfi 2 (Stage 13)
12:13 Gartheiniog 2 (Stage 14)
13:18 Aberhirnant (Stage 15)
15:41 Cholmondeley Castle (Stage 16)
16:29 Service – Deeside (45 mins)
Sunday 30 October
07:20 Service – Deeside (15 mins)
08:31 Clocaenog 1 (Stage 17)
09:08 Brenig 1 (Stage 18)
09:28 Alwen 1 (Stage 19)
10:33 Clocaenog 2 (Stage 20)
11:14 Alwen 2 (Stage 21)
12:08 Brenig 2 Power Stage (Stage 22)
13:26 Ceremonial Finish – Mostyn Street, Llandudno