RALLY GB RETURNS TO CHESTER AFTER 20 YEARS
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.
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