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Twenty years af­ter the RAC Rally was last based there, Ch­ester will fea­ture in Bri­tain’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in Oc­to­ber.

Fol­low­ing last week’s an­nounce­ment of a route in­clud­ing com­pet­i­tive ac­tion in Eng­land for the first time since 1999, MN can re­veal Ch­ester will host a week-long rally fes­ti­val cul­mi­nat­ing in a time con­trol, podium and au­to­graph ses­sion on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 28.

Events pro­moter for the city Bryn­mor Pierce told MN: “We’ve been work­ing on this for the last seven or eight months and we’re hop­ing it’s the start of a long-term part­ner­ship with the event. We’ll be run­ning a series of events, start­ing with the open­ing of an ex­hi­bi­tion on Tues­day (Oc­to­ber 25), then we have the rally fo­rum on Wed­nes­day and the rally cars com­ing through the city on Fri­day evening. The at­mos­phere will be fan­tas­tic, we’re ex­pect­ing be­tween 10 and 15,000 fans to pack the streets.”

Ch­ester hosted the RAC Rally, now Rally GB, eight times and event boss Ben Tay­lor ad­mit­ted that he’s de­lighted to see it go­ing back to the city.

“It’s go­ing to be a fab­u­lous oc­ca­sion,” said Tay­lor. “We’re con­stantly look­ing at ex­cit­ing new ways to widen the rally’s ap­peal to ex­ist­ing fans and new au­di­ences and this spe­cial evening in Ch­ester will do just that.”

The cars will come di­rectly from the sec­ond run through Dyf­nant into Ch­ester then on to ser­vice on Dee­side.

Photos: mck­lein-im­age­database.com

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