Mid Wales stage guide

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You’ve heard plenty about the stages in Mid Wales, but who bet­ter to re­ally pro­vide the es­sen­tial in­for­ma­tion than the co-driv­ers. MN caught up with two Welsh­men, Craig Parry (co-driver to Elfyn Evans) and Tom Cave’s nav­i­ga­tor James Mor­gan, to find out more about the tests.

Stage 1 and 5: Hafren/sweet Lamb

Craig Parry

“Hafren is a bit more tech­ni­cal than My­herin, but gen­er­ally still a fairly high-speed stage. We come out of Hafren and over the top where Sweet Lamb is wait­ing, then you de­scend down into the bowl. The at­mos­phere will be in­cred­i­ble through there with the spectators.”

James Mor­gan

“I think the con­di­tions are go­ing to be dif­fi­cult. It looks like it could be quite loose and if we have rain in the next week, it could be very slip­pery in the stage. It will be re­ally dif­fi­cult to spot in the dark, that will be some test to start with.

“It’s flow­ing and cor­ner to cor­ner. There’s a lot of cam­ber in the road in Hafren so you need to make sure you stay in the groove. I think Hafren could be where the rally is won or lost. If you come out of Hafren and you’ve lost 30 or 40 sec­onds to Elfyn, it’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to make that up.”

Stage 2 and 6: My­herin/pikes Peak

Craig Parry

“My­herin is a truly crack­ing stage, fan­tas­tic. It has a real flow to it and you can re­ally find a rhythm. It’s go­ing to be a mas­sive chal­lenge in the dark, es­pe­cially as it’s at high speed. This part of Wales has a re­ally unique sur­face and if it rains, that could re­ally make it very slip­pery.

“Pikes Peak shares a lot the same qual­i­ties, fast and flow­ing. You have those iconic wind­mills and you can imag­ine the kind of roads they needed to build to get all the con­struc­tion equip­ment up there, wide, flow­ing and compact on the sur­face.”

James Mor­gan

“The first part of Pikes Peak is quite ba­sic. Com­pared to Hafren there isn’t a lot there to catch you out. When you get to My­herin though, it can be quite tricky de­pend­ing on the road con­di­tions af­ter GB. I think from the start all the way up Pikes Peak there won’t be much in it there in terms of pace, ev­ery­one will be within four or five sec­onds of each other. It will split up a bit in My­herin I think.”

Stages 3 and 4 will run Pikes Peak and My­herin alone. The stages are sim­i­lar, but they are shorter with the split and don’t join to other stages.

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