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Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

Rally of Legends

26-29 October 2017

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

Tree Disease


Welcome to Wales

Natural Resources Wales welcomes you to the Wales Rally GB.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our woodlands, but that you will also take time to read and follow the precautions below to support our efforts to contain the spread of a fatal tree disease.

Phytophthora ramorum - a fatal disease affecting our woodlands

A fungus-like organism known as Phytophthora ramorum has killed larch trees in some of the woodlands through which the rally will pass.

It is harmless to people and animals but kills many kinds of trees and shrubs in gardens and the countryside.

The microscopic seeds, known as spores, that cause this disease are spread by rain, wind and rivers and by the movement of contaminated soil, plant debris or foliage stuck to vehicles, clothing and footwear.

We can't do much about the weather but we must do all we can to reduce the risk of carrying the spores between woodlands in Wales or further afield.

How you can help

These simple precautions will reduce the risk of taking this disease home with you.

After the rally: remove as much mud as possible from your vehicle before leaving the site.

At home: wash your vehicle thoroughly, preferably in a car wash on your way home or when you get there.

At the rally: wear smooth-textured waterproofs, if you have them with you, as these clothes are easiest to wipe clean.

After the rally: shake or brush any needles and debris from clothing before leaving the site. Check hoods, pockets and collars for any trapped needles.

At home: launder clothing before wearing it in your garden or another woodland.

At the rally: wear wellington boots, if you have them with you, because their surfaces are easier to clean than other materials.

After the rally: remove any loose plant debris from footwear before leaving the site.

At home: clean all soil, needles and plant debris from footwear before wearing them again.

Thank you for helping us protect Wales's woodlands from this serious disease.

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When and where does the Rally take place?

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th October based in north Wales and Cheshire with many of the venues easily accessible from England.
An overview map of the route can be found HERE and the rally timetable can be viewed HERE.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

What's the difference between the days - Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday?

Each day features action in different areas.
Shakedown (the final prep for the cars) and the new Visit Conwy Special Stage at Tir Prince happen on Thursday, both based in north Wales.
Friday is all based around the Llanidloes / Aberystwyth area.
On Saturday it's concentrated in the Snowdonia region.
Sunday's action takes place near the Brenig and Alwen reservoirs with the Finish back in Llandudno.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

What would I see?

The world's best cars and drivers on the limit, as well as a whole field of more than 100 rally cars. You will typically see approximately 200 cars in competitive action at any one place during the day.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

Where can I see the cars and stars for free?

Regroups in Newtown and Chester on Friday
Ceremonial Finish in Llandudno on Sunday
Rally Village at Deeside open Thursday, Friday and Saturday

For more FAQs, click HERE.

How long does it last?

The action can last all day, but you are able to leave at any time. The WRC cars come through at 2 minute intervals and do most stages twice, while a separate National Rally will visit many of the stages too, so you will see lots of action.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

Which stage is best for children?

All children under 16 go free (excluding Rally Xtra venues @ Sweet Lamb and/or Cholmondeley Castle), making this a great half-term event. Cholmondeley Castle is an obvious choice for families, as it offers all-day entertainment, attractions, displays, parades, big screen and catering village.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

What is the Rally Village?

Located in Deeside, the Rally Village is where all the competing crews are based - in motor racing terms, it's the event's buzzing pits and paddock complex. Admission is free and fans of all ages can watch as the teams prepare their cars for the action in the fearsome forests. There's lots more to enjoy in the Rally Village too, with driver interviews, food outlets, trade stalls and a funfair.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

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