Britain’s top rally ace, Elfyn Evans, stars in special viral video produced to promote the history-making new Great Orme Llandudno street stage, the spectacular finale to this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB when, for the first time ever in Britain, public roads will be closed for FIA World Championship motor sport.
Last year Evans made history of his own when scoring a famous home victory to become not only the first British driver to win on home soil since the halcyon days of Colin McRae and Richard Burns but also the first Welsh driver ever to win round of the premier World Rally Championship.
In an effort to keep the coveted gold Peall Trophy in Wales, the light-hearted viral film sees Evans receiving special instructions by well known Welsh television personalities Emyr ‘RoboNavo’ Penlan and Howard ‘Foodie’ Davies.
Both pranksters are presenters on S4C’s Ralio+ programme – Davies is the popular show’s pundit having won the 1996 MSA British Rally Championship as co-driver to Elfyn’s father Gwyndaf Evans.
Attempting to give Evans junior a sneak preview of the street stage climax, the hapless Penlan turns up with a bundle of Llandudno maps but clearly possesses precious few orienteering skills.
The pair jump aboard a sporty Ford Focus RS and get hopelessly lost on the seaside resort’s roads. They end up lapping the same roundabout, driving onto Llandudno’s Grade II listed pier and even into a McDonald’s drive thru!
Meanwhile Davies, hardly himself a paragon of athletic fitness, appoints himself as Evans’ dietician, ensuring the rally star isn’t temped by any of the culinary treats on offer to visitors in Llandudno. And as viewers will be able to find out, it doesn’t end well!
Airing for just under four minutes, the viral edit is freely available for internet sharing either via links to the rally’s own YouTube and social media channels or for download via this link.
All those wishing to see whether the madcap efforts of our two jolly jesters can help Evans to back-to-back victories are offered free admission to Llandudno’s historic street stage with upgrades available for both grandstand seating and hospitality.
Tickets for the other 21 speed tests are now on sale with significant savings for those buying in advance. Adult admission starts at just £15 for the Thursday evening opener at Tir Prince Raceway with the premium four-day event pass remaining at £99 for the ninth successive year. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free to general admission areas.
Full information can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website and via the event’s social media channels.