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Rally GB - 4-7 Oct 18

Posted: September 17, 2018 3:24 AM - 1989 Hits

Round 11 - 2018 World Rally Championship
Round 6 - 2018 British Rally Championship

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Posted: September 17, 2018 3:24 AM

Entries now open for milestone World Championship showdown

Posted: August 3, 2018 5:44 AM

The beginning of August marks another major milestone on the countdown to the UK’s history-making round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship.

With little more than nine weeks remaining until the thrilling WRC title fight arrives on these shores, official entries to this autumn’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October) have just opened.

Entries for the shorter two-day WRGB National Rally that shadows the main four-day event into the legendary Welsh forests on Friday and Saturday open next Wednesday (8 August) and will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This concurrent event offers enthusiastic amateurs an extraordinary opportunity to compete alongside their World Championship heroes.

From all perspectives, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB has always been one of the classic rounds on the WRC calendar attracting top class entries from right around the world. This year’s International event, though, will be even more exceptional than last year’s huge success.

Now, making more history, this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will witness the thrills of world championship motor sport on closed sections of public roads for the first time ever on the British mainland.

The 2018 route offers competitors a number of more challenging speed tests with sections of forests now linked together by road closures plus a spectacular headline grabbing finale on the Welsh coast with crews racing around the iconic Great Orme and onto the closed streets of Llandudno.

With the title race hotting-up, a full field of the latest generation of awe-inspiring WRC cars is expected with Citroën, Ford, Hyundai and Toyota all well represented at the front of the premier league pack.

Swelling the numbers, the UK’s premier rally is also a round of WRC2 and WRC3 championships as well as the final two rounds of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, the UK’s premier series. Moreover, as debuted last year, those with nationally-registered machinery will again be eligible for the main WRC event.

In total, a maximum of 90 entries will be accepted into the full event which includes 23 special stages adding up to just over 318km (199 miles) of world class competitive action.

The first 30 eligible entries from private entrants received before the 4 September closing date will be automatically accepted. A full breakdown of entry fees is available in the Supplementary Regulations found on the walesrallygb.com website with local crews able to take advantage of the discounted British privateer entry fee of £2200 including VAT). An even greater discount is offered to those registered for the BRC, their entries priced at just £1650 (including VAT).

Running alongside the main event, the WRGB National Rally has been a sell-out in recent years and this year’s revised two-day event is again likely to be oversubscribed. Initial entries will be restricted to maximum of just 70, though this figure could be increased to make a total field of 160 cars should the International event attract fewer than 90 starters.

The first 55 completed registrations received after National entries open at noon on 8 August will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, with the remaining 15 places to be allocated at the organisers’ discretion – several of these being reserved for outstanding performers in the UK’s major domestic championships via the Road to Wales initiative.

With ten challenging stages totalling an extended 85 miles of competitive action, the WRGB National rally is priced at £900 + VAT. To register, fully paid entries must be made online through the official walesrallygb.com website when entries open next week.

“This is an incredible opportunity opportunity for both British and overseas competitors to be part of an event that is going to be a very, very special,” enthused Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “We have the return of the stunning new-era WRC cars, the fiercest title fight for more than a decade, a British driver targeting back-to-back victories plus a radical new route ending with a fantastic finale on the Promenade in Llandudno.

“It all adds up to an epic world championship page-turner that no one – whether spectators or participants – will want to miss.”

For those not lucky enough to be revving up for action, admission tickets are on sale offering considerable discounts for those buying in advance. If purchased now, adult prices start at just £15 for the opening Visit Conwy Tir Prince test on Thursday evening, £20 for a grandstand seat in Llandudno, £28 for a day pass or £99 for the full four-day premium event pass. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free.

Full information can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website and via the event’s social media channels.

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Posted: May 31, 2018 3:47 AM

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Exciting new-look route for 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

Posted: March 22, 2018 4:39 PM

After the success of last year's incredible Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, we have been working hard to ensure that this year's event is no less amazing and are confident the earlier date (4-7 October) will bring even better weather!

We will announce the full route next month when tickets go on sale, but in the meantime we just wanted to update you on the key changes to our exciting new-look route to enable you to plan your trip.

As in 2017, the event will blast off at Tir Prince on Thursday evening, but Friday's stages will be based in north Wales forests, rather than the traditional stages around Newtown. We will only head to mid Wales for 'Super Saturday' which will be a long, dramatic day featuring many of the classic forest tests in the region. The show moves back to north Wales on the Sunday and comes to a climax with a new Power Stage venue.

The itinerary will also include a lengthened WRGB National Rally which will run to a longer two-day format and will include all of the special stages on both Friday and Saturday. The National winners will be crowned on their return to the busy WRGB Rally Village late on Saturday afternoon.

As in 2017, those amateur crews wanting to compete in the full four-day WRC event will be able to do so in non-homologated machinery.

Adding further appeal, this year’s event also features the concluding two rounds of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, the UK’s premier national series. This means that the best British drivers will all converge on Wales at the start of October to finally decide who will take the coveted Prestone-backed crown this year.

The final route for the 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – and the WRGB National Rally – will be announced in April when tickets go on sale.

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB welcomes new closed-roads opportunities 

Posted: February 11, 2018 10:26 AM

International Motor Sports Ltd (IMS), organiser and promoter of Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship, is delighted that new laws facilitating closed-road motor sport events have today (2 February 2018) come into force in Wales.

The new regulations follow a long campaign by the UK governing body of four wheeled motor sport, the Motor Sports Association (MSA), and allows IMS to explore a range of new opportunities for this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB route (4-7 October).

"We have been working closely with the Welsh Government on achieving this exciting piece of legislation,” remarked Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “We are already looking at what this might mean for this year’s event.

“Whether it’s the introduction of an entire special stage set on closed roads or just closing a small section of highway to link two existing forest tests, we will be considering all the options. It’s really exciting!”

The landmark development for Welsh motor sport comes after the MSA spent several years campaigning for a change in the law to allow local authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act for authorised motor sport events, without requiring individual Acts of Parliament. New enabling legislation commenced in England on 10 April 2017.

Following a further consultation, the Welsh Government has now published its own Statutory Instrument that will facilitate closed-road motor sport in Wales from 2 February 2018. As in England, it names the MSA and its sister governing body for two-wheel UK motor sport, the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU), as the authorising bodies for closed-road motor sport events such as racing, rallying and hillclimbs.

Dolgellau’s Elfyn Evans, FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) driver and winner of the 2017 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, welcomed the news as a huge boost for motor sport in his home country.

“Wales has some of the best driving roads in Europe and this initiative will provide the perfect platform to showcase the very best of the Welsh countryside,” said Evans. “With the success of events like Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, Welsh motor sport is very much on the up and this will only encourage even more visitors to our region.”

Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport Ken Skates said: “Wales is home to a dynamic automotive sector with an annual turnover of some £3 billion and this is an excellent opportunity to inspire people to become a part of automotive and engineering industries in the future. I also recognize how such events can boost local, often rural, economies through increased tourism and hospitality, and offer community opportunities such as volunteering.”

The final route for the 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will be announced in April when tickets go on sale. Last year’s event attracted more than 100,000 visitors, a record since the rally moved to north Wales in 2013.

PLANNING STARTS FOR 2018 DAYINSURE WALES RALLY GB

Posted: February 11, 2018 9:40 AM

The countdown to this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October) has commenced. The clock started ticking with the official high profile launch of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship at last weekend’s Autosport International Show at Birmingham’s NEC.

The spectacular 13-round series blasts off later this month with the prestigious Monte Carlo Rally (25-28 January) and travels the globe before reaching the legendary Welsh forests in the autumn.

While there is nearly nine months of thrilling world championship action before the WRC returns to headline in Wales, there is less time for fans to wait than in recent years as Dayinsure Wales Rally GB has advanced from the penultimate to the 11th round on the calendar. As a result, it has moved forward by three weeks to a new date at the start of October.

Whetting the appetite for the excitement ahead to UK audiences, manufacturer teams representing Citroën, Hyundai, M-Sport Ford and Toyota revealed their latest 2018 World Rally Cars at the Autosport show.

All the big-name drivers, co-drivers and team principals were present to share their views on the new season, which promises to be another dramatic and exciting world championship.

The introduction of more powerful cars produced a memorably thrilling series in 2017 with record crowds flocking to the Welsh stages to witness history as home hero Elfyn Evans claimed his maiden WRC victory.

“The stars really aligned last year with Sébastien Ogier and the M-Sport team clinching their respective World Championship titles and Elfyn, of course, winning the event outright. Now, judging by the incredible anticipation from all those at the WRC launch, we are going to be treated to a repeat performance come October,” enthused Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Managing Director, Ben Taylor.

“It was wonderful to have all the WRC teams and drivers launching their new cars right here in Britain. It reflects the importance of the UK market to the sport and gives us a great opportunity to build awareness of our earlier date, as well as maintaining the momentum after the huge success of last year.”

In the meantime, all those wanting to follow the globe-trotting WRC en route back to the UK are spoilt for choice with both live and highlight television coverage on Channel 5, BT Sport, S4C and Red Bull TV.

Tickets for the 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will go on sale when the competitive route is revealed in April.

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Posted: February 11, 2018 9:40 AM

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