Sunday, 24 September 2017

World Rally Championship is heading for the hills of Wales

THIS month’s big Wales rally has received a significant number of entries from around the world.

THIS month’s big Wales rally has received a significant number of entries from around the world.

International Motor Sports, the organiser of the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, which runs from October 27 to 30, said it has received a huge number of global entries for the UK’s date on the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar.

Entries for the penultimate round of this year’s WRC are now closed, with a world-class field of 64 international cars representing 23 nations. They will line up to compete against-the-clock on 22 gruelling special stages, all but one of which are set in Welsh forests.

The 2016 competitive route totalling 208 miles (332km) is the longest in recent history, while a move to a new date at the end of October promises to deliver drier and faster conditions.

It could also be the fiercest-fought. The first nine rounds of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship have already produced six different winners, including two famous victories for Britain’s top gun Kris Meeke. The Ulsterman finished second in Wales last November and is now hoping to become the first home winner since Richard Burns back in 2000.



Leading the International entries is Volkswagen Motorsport’s multiple World Rally Champion Sebastien Ogier. Having completed a hat-trick of Welsh wins last November, the Frenchman is seeking his fourth consecutive success in what is widely hailed as one of the toughest rounds on the WRC calendar.

For more information, including ticketing details, visit www.walesrallygb.com



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