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Rally North Wales launches new route for 2020

Two and four-wheel drive cars will be welcomed to Rally North Wales. Image credit - RallySport Media.

The Dolgellau-based North Wales Rally Services – Rally North Wales is open for entries and has announced a brand new route for the March 28 event which was rejuvenated in 2015.

Sponsored again by leading motorsport build and preparation experts, North Wales Rally Services, the event is organised by Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club.

This year’s event will see a change to the traditional forests as it introduces the legendary Pantperthog test to the route. This little used stage will be added to the now traditional blast through the Dyfi Forest complex, offering 45 miles of top-quality stages just a few miles away from the rally base at Dolgellau Farmers Market.

The event is the opening round of the Fuchs Lubricants Motorsport UK British Historic Rally Championship which has offered a fantastic spectacle to rally fans who line the forests throughout the day. They will be joined by the ever-popular Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Rally Championship which is set to provide a top-line list of crews.

The iconic forests will house six stages in the region, with a three-stage loop repeated after a mid-event service halt in Dolgellau. Ensuring the event remains progressive, there are some new twists on previously used routes whilst retaining the popular ultra-compact format for competitors.

Just 65 road miles link the special tests, ensuring costs and movement around the region are kept as low as possible.

Building on previous years, Rally North Wales will see crews in two-wheel-drive machinery run at the head of the field in a reverse seeded format. A short gap will separate them from the four-wheel-drive crews who will still be able to sample the hardy, world-famous stages which are reported to be in excellent condition after a recent route survey.

Joining the British Historic and the Welsh Championship crews, The Fuchs Lubricants RACRMC Mixed Surface/Rally 2 series will kick-start its season in Wales, along with the all-new Crew25 Rally Championship for under 25-year-olds. The ANWCC Forest Rally Championship is another series to return to the event in 2020.

After all pre-event scrutiny and documentation have been completed in the town on Friday, March 27, cars will be flagged away from Gwyndaf Evans Motors in Dolgellau at 8.30am next morning, before heading out to tackle three stages.

A mid-event service halt at the Farmers Market heralds the mid-way point, before a repeat loop and the return to the finish at around 2.45pm.

“We have retained everything that competitors have loved about previous editions of Rally North Wales as well as adding a new twist to the stages to ensure we once again offer a superb, cost-effective rally on some of the best roads in the UK, if not Europe,” said Ray Smith, clerk of the course.

“The stages in the region are iconic and a firm favourite with drivers, right from the World Rally Championship to the clubman.

“We have put together a route which should challenge the most experienced crews as well as offering a great grounding for newcomers. They will suit both two and four-wheel drive crews and we are anticipating a great battle in the stages. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Dolgellau in March.”