Regulations out for Welsh classic The historic market town of Dolgellau will once again be the home of the International Rally of Wales, as the UK's fastest rally drivers descend on the county of Gwynedd for the opening round of the 2005 Kwik...
Regulations out for Welsh classic
The historic market town of Dolgellau will once again be the home of the International Rally of Wales, as the UK's fastest rally drivers descend on the county of Gwynedd for the opening round of the 2005 Kwik Fit - Pirelli British Rally Championship on April 23/24.
The ultra compact 24 hour format was popular with competitors last year, with the rally starting at 1pm on the Saturday afternoon, before finishing less than 24 hours later at 12.15pm on the Sunday afternoon. With exactly the same timescale on offer this year, no less than 110 of the World's finest forest stage miles will be on offer to test even the most skilled of drivers.
Whilst the International entrants can enjoy two days of prime quality rallying, the International Rally of Wales also offers many other crews the opportunity to sample the brilliant Welsh forests. On the Saturday leg, The Panaround/Stars of the Future Rally will take place, for drivers contesting the Welsh National Rally Championship, MG X-Power Series, and also the many faces of the Peugeot 205 Challenge. Also appearing for the first time is the new BRC 'Stars of the Future' category, where the likes of talented youngster James Wozencroft will look to impress under the umbrella of the premier British rally series. The Panaround Rally offer 63 miles of forestry within the Dyfi, Gartheiniog and Pantperthog stages.
The Sunday leg of the rally is also open to many crews, including those from the ANWCC regional championship, and the budget based Formula 1000 Rally Championship, making its first foray onto gravel this year. As a result, around 45 miles of flowing gravel roads will greet those contesting the Sunday only Gwynedd Rally. Entry fees for both the Saturday and Sunday rallies have been made as keen as possible in order to offer the very best value for money.
Whilst the drivers may take centre stage on the rally, the host town of Dolgellau is getting more involved than ever before, with the Rally HQ moving into the very centre of the town. The Start/Finish ramp also takes pride of place within the centre of the town square, and the post rally presentation will also take place within the same area - outdoors! Once again, the main service area for the rally will be the ever popular Dolgellau Farmers Mart.
The events of the weekend will feature on prime time television as well, broadcasting at 7PM on the Monday after the rally on Sky Sports, the premier sporting TV channel. With rally packs available soon in the run up to the event, organisers Caernarvon and Anglesey Motor Club and Potteries and Newcastle Motor Club are hoping for a bumper turn out on what should be a major sporting occasion within the borders of Gwynedd.
Key points, International Rally of Wales 2005 :-
-Compact, 24 hour format, with Friday recce day for International Crews.
-Three Events in one, with seperate rallies on both Saturday and Sunday legs.
-Central Service and HQ within the centre of Dolgellau town.
-Prime Time television coverage of the event on Sky Sports.
-110 miles of some of the best rally stages in Europe and the World.
-Cost effective entry fees.
-'Patterson' supplied route notes for the National rallies.
-Superb organisation and excellent timetable of events to suit the competitor.
For spectators, organisers, competitors and marshals, the latest news, information and bulletins can be found at the official event website, www.rallyofwales.org - online now. Competitors wishing to gain regulations for the rally can either visit the website to download information, or can email firstname.lastname@example.org