OUR 20-PAGE PRE­VIEW GUIDE TO WALES RALLY GB 2016

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My­herin

“We have run in this di­rec­tion, but not since the late 1990s and not with the new road in­stalled for the wind farm. Great stage, great con­di­tion and one of the keys will be keep­ing it neat and tidy through the wide hair­pins at the fin­ish.”

Sweet Lamb

“We’ve made quite a few changes for this year, all of which will make this an even bet­ter stage for spec­ta­tors. For the first time, the cars will go across the bridge across the river on the far side of the bowl – so you’ll see the cars in ac­tion for even longer.”

Hafren

“Run­ning in the south-north con­fig­u­ra­tion, we’ve got just about ev­ery piece of road avail­able to us in here. This stage is in great con­di­tion, like My­herin it’s been graded in places, but the sur­face is very good.”

Dyf­nant

“There’s been quite a lot of har­vest­ing in here, so there are a cou­ple of sec­tions which have been graded with big­ger stone. These places might get a bit rut­ted on the se­cond run, but we’re only talk­ing a cou­ple of hun­dred me­tres. Oth­er­wise, great.”

Pant­perthog

“We’ve short­ened this one slightly from the orig­i­nal plan to al­low a lo­cal res­i­dent ac­cess dur­ing the day – this means the start has moved around three-quar­ters of a mile in from where it was. Great to have this stage back again.” “An­other first from the late 1990s, run­ning Dyfi in this di­rec­tion to its full length. We ran the cars this way in 2011, but split the stage in two with a cou­ple of miles of road sec­tion in the mid­dle. Should be a great chal­lenge with a strong sur­face.”

Garthein­iog

“Ex­actly the same as last year. Like Dyfi, the sur­face in here is great, but might get a bit mud­dier se­cond time through. Lovely rhythm in this one.”

Aber­hir­nant

“Same as last year and only run once on the way back in to­wards Chol­monde­ley and ser­vice. Lovely con­di­tion and, as ever, re­ally quick sec­tion in the mid­dle of the stage.”

Clo­caenog

“Slightly dif­fer­ent in na­ture to the stages in mid-wales, but the road’s in good con­di­tion and will pro­vide an in­ter­est­ing start to the fi­nal day.”

Al­wen

“Quite a lot of har­vest­ing has gone on in this stage in the last few months. There was a sec­tion where the cars came through a tun­nel of trees – all of those have gone now open­ing up the road con­sid­er­ably. The sur­face is good and the road quick be­tween the junc­tions.”

Brenig

“Changed around from last year to start where it fin­ished along­side the lake. The cars then come down and loop around the Tar­mac sec­tion and up to the fin­ish along­side the dam, where all the fans will be – pro­vid­ing a great at­mos­phere on the fi­nal stage.”

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