Wales Rally GB to com­mem­o­rate the end of Group B era at Chol­monde­ley

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Wales Rally GB will cel­e­brate 30 years since the end of Group B with stars and cars from the era in­vited to Chol­monde­ley Cas­tle.

This year Ral­lygb will move out of Wales to Eng­land and Chol­monde­ley, which ef­fec­tively re­places the Chirk Cas­tle spec­ta­tor stage on Oc­to­ber 29.

In Novem­ber 1986, the last Euro­pean WRC Group B rally, Juha Kankkunen was crowned cham­pion, while also in com­pe­ti­tion were Stig Blomqvist, Markku Alen, Tony Pond, Mal­colm Wil­son, David Llewellin, Jimmy Mcrae, Rus­sell Brookes and even­tual event win­ner Timo Salo­nen.

Own­ers of Group B cars are in­vited to bring their cars, with static dis­plays and demon­stra­tion runs planned be­tween WRC stages. The Na­tional event will run through in the morn­ing be­fore the full in­ter­na­tional crews come through across the af­ter­noon.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Wales Rally GB, Ben Tay­lor, said: “It was here in Bri­tain that most of the Group B cars last ap­peared on a World Rally Cham­pi­onship event, so we have a great op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing re­ally spe­cial in Oc­to­ber.

“We are invit­ing a num­ber of driv­ers to join us and we are en­cour­ag­ing as many Group B cars as pos­si­ble to get in­volved in what’s go­ing to be an un­for­get­table oc­ca­sion at Chol­monde­ley.”

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