Motor Sport News - - Insight: Things To See In ’17 - Jack Benyon Jack Benyon

When: Oc­to­ber 27-29 Where: Dee­side, North Wales Web: walesral­ A no-brainer ad­di­tion to our list. Bri­tain’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship is a must-see and there’s no de­bate. Whether you’re a bob­ble head or a roundy-roundy lover.

The event has pro­duced some of the most dra­matic and ex­cit­ing events in the WRC’S his­tory; you only have to think of Car­los Sainz throw­ing his hel­met through his back win­dow or Richard Burns sob­bing at the stage-end at Margam Park to be taken in by the emo­tion.

Flat-out forest roads up there with the best in the world are on the menu; an ear­lier date has made sure the event isn’t quite as muddy, but the test hasn’t al­tered. In-fact, it’s even more change­able in terms of con­di­tions in its Oc­to­ber date.

The event is on for even more ex­cite­ment this year with the in­tro­duc­tion of the 2017-spec WRC rules.

Horse­power is up over the 400 mark for the first time since the Group B era, and the spoil­ers and dif­fusers are just as flashy. Cou­ple that with a Brit in a Citroen that is al­most cer­tain to be a fron­trun­ner, and a cer­tain four-time cham­pion French­man in a Bri­tish-built car, and it should pro­duce fire­works. Meeke vs Ogier. Bri­tain and France v Bri­tain and France. In 30 years’ time, you’ll want to say you’ve been there.

Meeke is back, as is Citroen, and Ogier...

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