Wales Rally GB 2017

Wales Rally GB brings the World Rally Championship to home soil this weekend with one of the most anticipated and celebrated events on the calendar. Steeped in motorsport history, the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship is an iconic event that has come to epitomise the sport of rallying. Founded in 1932, the introduction of forest roads in 1960 saw the emergence of what we know today. Formally venturing into England, Scotland and Wales, the event has been focused on Wales since 2000 but continues to draw inspiration from the past.

Harking back to the rallies of old, endurance is the name of the game and the crews will have to tackle a seventeen hour day on Saturday before the switch back to Greenwich Mean Time that same evening. But the long hours are compensated by some of the most picturesque landscapes and exciting gravel stages of the year.

With classics such as Myherin, Sweet Lamb, Hafren and Dyfi all on the agenda, the crews will navigate familiar territory through picture postcard forests. But there will not be time to stop and admire the scenery. Rain, fog and even ice are all to be expected and that presents a particular challenge. The fast, flowing stages might not be technically difficult, but muddy conditions add a treacherous twist with ever-changing grip waiting to trap the unwary.

24th October, 2017