Wales Rally GB

26 – 29 October 2017

Location

Deeside

 

Time Zone

UTC 0

 

Stages

21 (302,66km)

 

Distance

1.487,32km

 

Surface

Gravel

 

2016 Results

3. Thierry & Nicolas / 4. Hayden & John / 6. Dani & Marc

 

Website

www.walesrallygb.com

Wales Rally GB

Rally GB is one of the FIA WRC’s oldest events and can trace its history back to 1932, when over 367 crews entered the rally organised by the Royal Automobile Club. In terms of the event’s development, 1960 proved to be one of its most pivotal years. For the first time, organisers were permitted to include the forest stages with which the rally has become associated. In the past, the route has included tests around England, Scotland and Wales, but since the year 2000, it has been solely based in Wales. However the 2016 edition did see stages held in England for the first time since 1999.

McKlein Rally Tips

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Fast Facts

  • Originally, Wales Rally GB took competitors from Wales, through England and into Scotland over a total of 60 stages.
  • After two consecutive fourth place finishes in 2014 and 2015, we went one better in 2016 to claim our first Wales podium with Thierry and Nicolas
  • The 2016 result saw our team secure second place in the WRC Manufacturers’ standings – improving on our fourth place in 2014 and third in 2015.

Countdown

9 Days
6 Hours
56 Minutes
29 Seconds
First car out for shakedown (UTC)

Highlights

  • As far as tyres are concerned, Wales Rally GB is the calendar’s most punishing rally. Sharp stones on the road surface damage the rubber, while grooves in the road make the stages all the more challenging.
  • Like its counterparts in Scandinavia, Wales Rally GB is a traditional forest rally with no specific spectator areas. Fans make their way through the trees to reach the best vantage points.
  • The Pantperthog stage made a welcome return to the itinerary in 2016. Considered one of the most popular and spectacular stages on the entire WRC calendar, it had been absent from Wales Rally GB since 1998.

Photos

Videos

Leg One: THU 26 / FRI 27 October
Leg Two: SAT 28 October
Leg Three: SUN 29 October

Getting there

  • Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) – 43 km
  • Manchester Airport (MAN) – 57 km
  • Birmingham Airport (BHX) – 174 km
  • Hawarden Bridge – 7 km
  • Chester – 13 km
Service Park Deeside, 3 Tenth Avenue, Deeside CH5 2UA (United Kingdom), 53°14’02.3”N 3°01.22.1”W
Distances to Service Park

Results

2016

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P3)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P4)

Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P6)

2015

Dani Sordo / Marc Martí (P4)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P5)

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (Retirement)

2014

Thierry Neuville / Nicolas Gilsoul (P4)

Hayden Paddon / John Kennard (P10)

Juho Hänninen / Tomi Touminen (P30)