Chirk Castle to host Wales Rally GB RallyFest stage


Emily Davies

CHIRK Castle will once again host a RallyFest stage when the World Rally Championships speed in this November.

The historic fortress will showcase top drivers from across the world on the penultimate day of the event, which this year has a revised route including 23 stages totalling nearly 200 miles on both forest rally tracks, as well as a Saturday evening stage which will be in held in darkness.

Organisers of the British round of the FIA competition also confirmed a new traffic management system, increased parking and “enhanced spectator facilities” after the National Trust property proved a hot spot for fans in 2013.

“Wales Rally GB is one of the truly great rounds on the world championship calendar,” said Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB.

“We are determined to build on the success of last year and ensure that this year’s rally brings the excitement to even more people.

“The 2014 event has been put together with the interests of both competitors and spectators in mind. We believe that this will provide a challenging test for the drivers and some fantastic viewing opportunities for the fans.

“For the first time in many years, we have two British drivers – Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke – at the forefront of the sport, so there is every likelihood that this will be one of the best ever Wales Rally GBs.”

The event begins on November 13 with the Ceremonial Start at Eirias Park Stadium in Colwyn Bay, before heading through Mid Wales on the Friday, up through to Chirk Castle on the Saturday, and then onto the North Wales coast for the final day.

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