The original itinerary announced in May included two runs through the full Myherin Special Stage on Friday – this has now been shortened to allow contractors to remove infected larch trees. The spread of fungus-like Phytophthora ramorum can only be detected with the advent of early summer growth – hence the belated need to amend the previously confirmed route.
However, the UK’s penultimate round of the thrilling 2017 FIA World Championship still features more than 300km (187.5 miles) of competitive action, as crews will face a second run through the Aberhirnant stage. This has been added to Saturday morning’s schedule and will offer the fans and crews an early sighter in advance of the evening’s final stage.
Located close to Bala, Aberhirnant is one of the event’s fastest and most spectacular tests, so its double inclusion is sure to be popular with both competitors and fans eager to experience the new generation of more powerful WRC cars on maximum attack.
“We take our environmental responsibility very seriously and work closely with NRW,” explained Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Wales Rally GB. “Come October, NRW will be clearing the infected trees out of Myherin, so we have to make other plans. Luckily, we have a route guru in Andrew Kellitt who has crunched the maps and the figures to replace the lost mileage by adding another run through Aberhirnant on Saturday morning.
“That sounds an incredibly simple solution, but believe me, it has taken about ten route iterations to get there and has had a massive knock-on effect throughout the whole event – stages have been reversed, fuel locations altered and the entire schedule reworked. But we’re there now and looking forward to making this fantastic event come to life in October.”
Spectators are advised that the changes in Myherin have necessitated the creation of new car parks and viewing areas. As a result, fans will not be able to access the stage through the normal routes and should check the rally planner in September for parking directions.
Organisers have also confirmed that the first running of the Gwydir stage on Sunday morning has been cancelled from the original schedule, with the final day now starting at Alwen.
Full details of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB can be found on the official website, together with updated ticket information.
When purchased in advance, adult prices start at just £10 for the opening Visit Conwy Tir Prince test on Thursday evening, £23 for Saturday’s family-friendly RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle, £28 for a day pass or £99 for the full four-day premium event pass. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free.   

Thursday 26 October:
SS1: Visit Conwy Tir Prince
Friday 27 October:
SS2: Myherin 1
SS3: Sweet Lamb 1
SS4: Hafren 1
Regroup: Newtown
SS5: Myherin 2
SS6: Sweet Lamb 2
SS7: Hafren 2
Service: Deeside Rally Village
Saturday 28 October:
SS8: Aberhirnant 1
SS9: Dyfnant 1
SS10: Gartheiniog 1
SS11: Dyfi 1
Regroup: Corris
SS12: Gartheiniog 2 (Live TV)
SS13: Dyfi 2
SS14: Cholmondeley Castle RallyFest
Service: Deeside Rally Village
SS15: Aberhirnant 2
SS16: Dyfnant 2
Service: Deeside Rally Village
Sunday 29 October:
SS17: Alwen 1
SS18: Brenig 1
SS19: Gwydir
SS20: Alwen 2
Regroup: Brenig
SS21: Brenig 2 (Power Stage – Live TV)
Ceremonial Finish: Mostyn Street, Llandudno
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