Organisers of this year’s Rally North Wales are tipping the event to be one of the “best yet” as the April 1 event releases its regulations for the Dolgellau based forest stage rally.
Sponsored once again by North Wales Rally Services, the Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club organised event has evolved into one of the most popular events in the British rallying calendar and organisers are confident that this year’s event will be one of the “best yet”.
Forging a strong partnership with Rally4Wales, event organisers were one of the first to exchange contracts with the enterprise on January 21, ensuring the event is covered for forest road repairs.
Offering 45 miles of quality, classic stages made famous by the World Rally Championship qualifier Wales Rally GB, the event will once again welcome competitors from the ultra-competitive Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the popular Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship. The ASWMC Loose Surface Championship and ANWCC Forest Rally Championship will also return after a successful 2016 event.
The Suzuki Swift Shining Stars Series will use the rally as its opening round as the single make formula announced at the Autosport Show in early January will also boast a guest driver for the event. The West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge will also join the event, along with the Jelf Insurance Welsh Clubmans Rally Championship and Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship.
Building on the success of the past two years, organisers have devised a compact route for crews which utilise some of the best stages in the country within the Dyfi and Gartheiniog forests.
To ensure maximum enjoyment for all crews throughout the field, there will be 30 miles of first usage on offer and just 15 miles repeated throughout the day. Along with the low road miles linking the stages, the organising team are confident that the event will be one of the best yet and the entry fee is £550.
“It has been a tough time for Welsh rallying recently but we have been working exceptionally hard behind the scenes to create an event which will be both challenging and enjoyable whilst ensuring it is as cost effective as possible” says cerk of the course Richard Hinton.
“And I believe we have done just that. We have some of the best stages in the world right on our doorstep and we have made the best use of them this year. They are in excellent condition too, so crews across the field will benefit from smoother stages no matter if you are in a World Rally Car, historic or clubman variant.
“I’m sure all competitors, whether in championships or doing the event for fun, will really enjoy what we have arranged for them.”
Starting from Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgeallau at 9am on Saturday, April 1, crews will head out for three stages in the nearby forests before returning to the Livestock Market in the town for the mid event service halt.
A further three stages await crews before the prize giving ceremony back at the dealership at around 3.30pm that afternoon. The event regulations and online entry system are now available online at www.rallynorthwales.co.uk