LETTERS Thanks from the MSA
The weekend before last, the sun shone down on British rallying, showing the world that this country remains right at the forefront of the sport.
The stages were challenging; the weather amazing. The spectators came out in their droves, not just in the stages but also in the towns and villages along the rally route.
Malcolm Wilson’s M-sport team and Sebastien Ogier claimed their world titles as the fastest ever WRC cars put on a tremendous show for everyone. And then to top it all, Elfyn Evans goes and wins the event on home soil – a first ever Welsh winner and the first Brit to lift that famous trophy since 2000.
As ever with an event of this scale, there is a huge team of people that puts it all together. I would like to thank all of the volunteers, marshals and officials that contributed to one of the best events of recent years. Their professionalism, dedication and expertise ensured that the whole rally passed off without any major incident and meant that we were able to cope (for the most part) with the massive influx of people trying to see the action.
To everyone involved: a sincere thanks for playing your part.
Ben taylor Managing Director Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
Pallets aren’t good
Having returned from Wales Rally GB I feel the need to write to you about my experience.
After seeing all the write ups about viewing opportunities I went to Myherin, I was very disappointed to find a very small viewing area and a very muddy track leading to it – in fact it was that muddy they had to put pallets down to walk on.
Come on Wales Rally GB bosses, for £30 I expect more than this.
John Buckingham Cornwall
Where was the rally?
If you are not a dedicated fan, don’t subscribe to MN and cannot afford BT Sport, how would you know that the multi-million pound WRC Championship exists ?
Two days later one may have noticed that the highlights of Wales Rally GB were on TV Channel 5. When did the motoring enthusiast last see an advert in their national newspaper telling of the fact that their favourite make of car had won a round of the WRC? Why are the manufacturers spending millions but not shouting about their successes?
In the 60s the Monday morning nationals would often have a full-page advert highlighting the maker’s successes. Perhaps it is time to go back to showroom models with which the buying public can identify?
Bill Price Via email Editor’s note: Channel 5 did run nightly highlights for Rally GB
Motorsport News, November 1