The end of August marks another major milestone on the countdown to the UK’s eagerly-anticipated round of the 2017 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 Wales Rally GB 26-29 October have opened.
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|Entries for the shorter two-day WRGB National Rally that shadows the main four-day event over the weekend open will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
As one of the classic rounds in the WRC, Wales Rally GB, is always one of the most popular on the calendar attracting top class entries from right around the world.
This year’s International event, though, is all set to boast its biggest-ever entry since moving to its new home in north Wales in 2013.
With the title race going down-to-the-wire, a full field of exciting new-era 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 and, thanks to a new FIA regulation, enthusiastic amateur crews with nationally-registered machinery will be eligible for the main WRC event for the first time ever.
In total, a maximum of 90 entries will be accepted into the full event which includes 21 special stages adding up to just over 300km (187 miles) of world class competitive action.
The first 30 eligible entries from private entrants received before the 26 September closing date will be automatically accepted.
A full breakdown of entry fees is available on the walesrallygb.com website with local crews able to take advantage of the discounted British privateer entry fee of £1995 (£1662.50 + VAT).
|With two days of competition across the special stages of Mid and North Wales, the National offers you the opportunity to take part in the UK’s round of the World Rally Championship on the same roads as the Ogiers, Neuvilles and Tanaks of the sport for a lesser outlay and time away.
The event starts in front of huge crowds gathered under the famous Eastgate Clock Tower in Chester on Friday night, before the competitive driving starts in earnest on Saturday morning.
The opening day starts with the popular RallyFest stage at Cholmondeley Castle before taking on the mights of Aberhirnant, Dyfnant, Gatheiniog and Dyfi. Sunday sees three stages in North Wales before the finish in Llandudno on Sunday afternoon.
Service is based at the Rally Village, Deeside where the WRGB National Rally teams get to work alongside the might of the WRC Manufacturer teams.
Running alongside the main event, the WRGB National Rally has been a sell-out in recent years and this year’s shorter 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 entries open at noon on 30 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 eight challenging stages totaling 60 miles of competitive action, the WRGB National rally is priced at £625 + VAT. To register, fully paid entries must be made online through the official walesrallygb.com website.