Next: Round 10 Wales RallyGB 13-16 Sep
Britain’s World Rally Championship counter has been a qualifying round of the series every year since the WRC was established in 1973. This year’s event will mark a move away from its end-of-term slot to a mid-September date, which it last occupied in 2005.
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Fastest Rally GB ever in store
Next week's Wales Rally GB, round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship, could be the fastest in the event's 80-year history.
That’s according to WRC TV’s Julian Porter and photographer Colin McMaster of the respected McKlein agency, whose images regularly appear on WRC.com.
Earlier this week they conducted a reconnaissance of the entire three-day route in preparation for next week’s gravel contest and were full of praise for the work carried out by the event organisers and the Forestry Commission to ensure the stages will be in peak condition when the WRC heads to Wales from 14-16 September.
Porter, a former national level rally driver, said the stages were immaculate and urged fans yet to buy tickets to watch the action to do so in order to witness what he said would be a high-speed spectacle.
“The stages are beautiful, so smooth and so super fast,” said Porter. “If fans are in any doubt whether they should come then all I can say is now is the time because the stages are going to be fantastic, the potential of mud is eliminated and the weather should be amazing too.”
Porter, who has worked in the WRC in a reporting capacity for several years, singled out the Port Talbot stage on the final day of the rally as being potentially decisive to the outcome of the event.
“It’s everything you’d want as a driver, with flat curves, crests and kinks and it’s really going to be a wake-up call on the final day,” said Porter. “The bravest will be the quickest in there, which could be the same as on the Dyfnant stage on Friday morning where I can see some drivers getting caught out.”
McMaster, who has only missed one Rally GB since 1992 and captured the image above this week, said: “I’ve never seen the stages in such a good condition. They are beautifully graded and nicely compacted. The organisers have far exceeded the brief when it comes to the spectator areas too - they’ve chopped down trees and prepared nice platform areas to offer great viewing.”