CAMBRIAN GETS A NEW ROUTE
The Cambrian Rally will receive its most radical shake up in years as the event features different stages for the BTRDA series opener.
The Llandudno-based event drops Gwydyr, Elsi, Penmachno and the Great Orme stage.
The Aberhirnant stage, as used on Wales Rally GB, has been added, as has Llangower, joining Clocaenog and Alwen.
Clerk of the course Alyn Edwards believes stage quality is the key to the event’s success.
“We think that only running four top quality stages – with three of them being used in the same format as 2016’s Wales Rally GB – will prove attractive to competitors and spectators alike,” he said.
“There will be limited double usage helping to ensure that the quality of the stages is held throughout the event.”
The event will start and finish in Llandudno as usual, with 45 stage miles and Ruthin service.
Welshman Hugh Hunter – who’s in double figures for starts on the Cambrian – believes the change is one that will refresh the event.
“I think it’s a good move,” said the 2008 BTRDA Gold Star champion. “It’s nice to mix it up, rallies can become stale, the same every year. It will be nice to have Aberhirnant and Llangower to do something different. Those stages are completely different in nature to the Betws-y-coed stages like Elsi. The new stages are a lot faster. I like Penmachno so I’m a little sad that’s not on there but double usage in that stage is always an issue. We’ll definitely be doing it, it looks like a good route and a nice change.”