Entries open this week for competitors wishing to contest the 2016 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (October 27-30), the UK’s outstanding round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Another star-studded entry is guaranteed with teams from the UK and around the globe eager to dispute one of the most famous and exciting rallies on the WRC calendar.
The 2016 title chase has already produced six different winners with drivers representing Citroen, Hyundai and VW all tasting victory. As this year’s Wales Rally GB competitive route is the longest since the event moved north, success will be all the sweeter and more hard-fought.
Following a final shakedown test and ceremonial start on Thursday, crews will then tackle 22 timed sections held over three challenging days in the legendary Welsh forests. This year’s route also visits England for the first time since 1999 with Saturday’s family-friendly RallyFest relocating to Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire, as well as a non-competitive time control on Fridayevening in the centre of historic Chester.
It all adds up to one of the World Championship’s most respected rounds and, to encourage local teams to experience life at the top level, the organisers are offering a significantly discounted entry fee for private British entrants.
This year’s regulations allow drivers holding both an MSA competition licence and a UK passport to benefit from a discounted entry fee of £1,995 (inc VAT) instead of £3,000, providing that they fulfil the stipulated private entry criteria.
International entries open on Wednesday, August 24 and close on Tuesday, September 27, with the maximum number of entrants capped at 75. Entries for the WRGB National Rally open one week later at 10am on Wednesday, August 31.
“Dayinsure Wales Rally GB is the showpiece event for the sport in the UK and we look forward to welcoming all the world’s top drivers to Wales in October,” said Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB.
“The long-running event has a renowned reputation as one of the toughest on the calendar and, while this year’s edition is a couple of weeks earlier than normal, the battle for glory will be no less testing.
“It is important for the development of the sport in this country that we encourage as many British crews as possible to contest the high-profile International rally. British drivers benefit from a significant reduction in the entry fee and we hope they will take advantage of the opportunity to compete against the WRC regulars on the full event.”
Further information can be found online via the ‘Competitors’ navigation on the official www.walesrallygb.com website.
Tickets for October’s event are now on sale, with significant discounts for those buying in advance. Adult ticket prices start at just £20 for the family-friendly RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle, £25 for a day ticket or £99 for the full four-day event pass. As this year’s rally falls in the October half-term, all children aged 15 and under go free!
The latest event and ticket information can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website. For further updates follow Wales Rally GB on Twitter @walesrallygb or join the conversations on Facebook at www.facebook.com/walesrallygb.