Following a final pre-event Shakedown held this year for the first time in Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, on Thursday morning, all the competing teams will make their way over the border to Liverpool for the Ceremonial Start.
The 2019 competitive action then blasts off at the popular Oulton Park circuit, Chester, on a purposefully designed special stage incorporating sections of the picturesque racetrack. A full evening of entertainment is planned, with appearances from WRC legends and iconic vehicles, live music and DJs, historic rally displays and an autograph session which will be open to all spectators.
Following the dramatic Thursday evening curtain-raiser, the crews will head back to Llandudno in readiness for the forest stages that follow.
Friday will be taking advantage of the Rally’s new base in Llandudno, with the day’s proceedings based in the forests of the Snowdonia National Park in north Wales – packed with nine speed tests set either side of a lunchtime return to the Service Park.
The day opens in the shadows of Mount Snowdon with classic stages in Conwy County’s forests of Elsi and Penmachno, near Betws-y-Coed, and then heads further south towards Welshpool for timed tests in the Dyfnant and Aberhinant forests. All four stages are repeated in the afternoon with the second run through Aberhirnant taking place well after sunset and in total darkness.
Friday afternoon will see the rally return to Slate Mountain, located at The Slate Caverns, Blaenau Ffestiniog, now with a new, upgraded surface laid since the venue was first used last October.
Billed again as ‘Super Saturday’, the rally’s longest and most demanding day features three epic special stages, all set in the mountains to the east of Aberystwyth, and the addition of the new street stage on the seafront at Colwyn Bay.
Dyfi, Myherin and Hafren, that’s been extended to incorporate the Sweet Lamb complex, will push crews to their limits and provide fans with some outstanding viewing opportunities.
All three stages are tackled twice with the second run through Myherin being screened live on TV. A lunchtime regroup will be hosted on the streets of central Newtown.
Following the action in the forests of mid Wales, the rally returns to the Service Park and an overnight halt back in Llandudno via an all-new Saturday evening spectator stage on the promenade in Colwyn Bay. We can expect plenty of donuts, hairpins and chicanes!
Sunday sees the WRC action return to north Wales with two tough forest stages close to the Llyn Brenig Reservoir, an adventure playground set high up in the heart of the Denbigh Moors. Both Alwen and Brenig tests, repeats of 2017 when the event was famously won by local hero Elfyn Evans, will be run twice either side of a timed section around the iconic Great Orme peninsula, following by a short mid-morning service halt back in Llandudno. The second visit to Brenig is the event’s concluding Wolf Power Stage, offering surviving crews the chance to score bonus championship points in front of a live global television audience.
After a brief TV podium for the overall winners at the Brenig Visitor Centre, official prize-giving for all those completing the 2019 Wales Rally GB will take place at the Ceremonial Finish on Llandudno Promenade.
This year, Wales Rally GB has a vibrant new home right in the heart of Llandudno on the coast of north Wales. Last year, Llandudno’s seaside streets made history as it hosted British mainland’s first world championship motorsport action on closed public roads.
New for the 20th anniversary of Wales Rally GB, all the teams and manufacturers will be based in Llandudno for the very first time, alongside the international event’s busy headquarters based at Venue Cymru.
Newtown Regroup – Saturday 5th October
Similarly to last year, the regroup is taking place on Saturday as a part of the ‘Super Saturday’ and will be taking place on the busy streets of Newtown, mid Wales. The cars will visit Newtown between the morning and afternoon runs through Dyfi, Myherin and Sweet Lamb Hafren.
Access is free of charge.