23 Jan, 11:03
Sébastien Ogier began the defence of his FIA World Rally Championship crown with a fourth consecutive Rallye Monte-Carlo victory on Sunday afternoon.
The Dayinsure Wales Rally GB is a stage rally motor sport event and forms part of the World Rally Championship. The event will take place over three days of competition and each day will be divided into a number of 'Special Stages' which are when the drivers race against the clock for the fastest time. For the rest of the event, they will have to follow a pre-set schedule on normal public roads to get them to the next check point on time.
Once published, the Timetable will tell you which stages are running when, normally indicated by the time the first car starts that stage. It will be useful to look at this combined with the Overall Map so that you can see where the stages will be in relation to each other and the Deeside Rally Village where the teams will be based throughout the event.
Access to the special stages is by ticket only - you will be able to buy in advance (£25 per adult per day / £20 per adult for Cholmondeley Castle RallyFest) or pay on the gate (£30 per adult per stage). Advanced tickets can be purchased online HERE to be printed out for yourself, or over the phone, or at the on-event ticket office in the Deeside Rally Village.
Each stage will have specially prepared car parks which are normally forest tracks that lead to a part of the stage. These tracks can be muddy, uneven and quite long - the earlier you get there, the nearer the top of the car park you will be!
From the car park you will be able to access one of the designated viewing locations which are usually quite large areas in the forests/fields and will be marked out with yellow and black tape by the spectator marshals. These will be the safest places to watch the dramatic rally action, but you should still heed important safety advice and always listen to the marshals who are there to help keep you safe. Remember to bring lots of warm clothes - it is October after all!
All stages will feature catering units and public toilet facilities whilst Cholmondeley Castle, Sweet Lamb and Brenig stages will also have some retail stands selling gifts and merchandise.
Those with Day Passes or four-day World Rally Passes can plan a route to spectate at various different stages during the day. Most of the stages, though, are run twice during the day giving those who choose not to move a double dose of the World Rally Championship stars.
The Rally Village in Deeside is the 'pits and paddock' where the teams will prepare the cars for the challenges ahead. Each morning the cars will start out from the Rally Village and return here in the early evening. This is a great chance for newcomers to gain a fantastic insight into the sport, not least as access is totally FREE and there is an array of entertainments and attractions.
If you would like more information about rallying, download David Evans' excellent "Rookie's Guide to Rallying" for an overview of what rallying is and a glossary of some of the jargon you will hear associated with the spectacular sport of rallying. For the Welsh version please click HERE to download.
For a checklist of important items to bring with you please click HERE.
We hope this information proves helpful, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.
Updated 21 Sept 2016