Wales Rally Great Britain is one of the classic events of the WRC calendar, and the varied nature of the gravel roads, coupled with the traditionally unsettled Welsh weather, also make it one of the toughest. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Wales Rally GB gets underway on Thursday 29 November with a ceremonial start in the capital city, Cardiff.
Car Number 7
Petter Solberg: “Rally GB is the final round of the championship and we have always gone there, so we’ll be pushing as hard as ever for a good result. If it’s typical Rally GB weather, wet with lots of mud on the stages, then those are the conditions I think we can go well on. It’s the team’s home event so they have lots of experience of the tricky conditions, and we are testing this week to work on setup. Phil lives close by so we always get lots of support.”
Car Number 8
Chris Atkinson: “This year I have more experience of driving on slippery and icy surfaces going into Rally GB, whereas last year it was new and I had a lot to learn. Testing this week is going well and I hope to find a set up that will work on the rally. It’s especially important to find a good set-up on the fast and slippery gravel. Rally GB is the last of the season so we will push for a good result and hope to finish the year strongly.”
Car Number 17
Xevi Pons: “I am looking forward to GB next week. Okay, like Ireland it will be difficult and slippery, but we have some testing planned and I have more experience of driving in Wales so I hope we will have a good weekend with no problems. I finished fifth in Wales last year, but this will be my first time with the Subaru World Rally Team. It is the team’s home rally, so I hope we can have a good finish to end the year.”
Colin McRae's 1995 World Rally Championship winning
Subaru Impreza will be amongst the famous and emotive rally cars at the Ceremonial start of Wales Rally GB in Cardiff's Cathays Park on November 29.
Furthermore, its approach will be heralded by Highlands-born Bag-Piper Martin Hewins who, between 1996 and 2003, travelled world-wide in support of Colin.
The starting Ceremony will begin at 6pm with an autograph signing session by current WRC Manufacturer Teams, including drivers' championship contenders Sebastien Loeb and Marcus Gronholm.
At 6.30 they are followed by teams from the FIA Production World Rally Championship and the Tesco 99 Octane MSA British Rally Championship, including Mark Higgins, Guy Wilks and Welshman Gwyndaf Evans - these three bidding for the British title.
For what is believed to be the first time, the two British and two World Championship winning Subaru's of
and Richard Burns will be together in public as part of a tribute to the two late World Champions.
These four cars - two Legacys and two Imprezas - will be driven around the Cardiff Stage in the Millennium Stadium on Saturday December 1, prior to the first WRC competitive car starting at 7pm.
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