COM­PETI­TORS PRAISE NEW WALES RALLY GB NA­TIONAL SCHED­ULE

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Wales Rally GB Na­tional com­peti­tors have praised the event for re­vert­ing to a Fri­day and Satur­day sched­ule for 2018.

Last year some driv­ers were dis­con­tented at the Satur­day and Sun­day timetable, which meant the pop­u­lar Fri­day stages of the likes of Sweet Lamb Hafren and My­herin were missed.

Although some were un­con­vinced by Fri­day’s “half-day” timetable, as driv­ers en­tered the last stage at only 1347hrs, gen­er­ally com­peti­tors thought the for­mat had taken a step in the right di­rec­tion and the fin­ish on Satur­day gave the crews a fight­ing chance to be ready and back in work on Mon­day morn­ing.

Hyundai i20 R5 driver John Wink, who climbed three places from 2017 to fin­ish sec­ond in this year’s Na­tional times, said: “This for­mat is bet­ter for me be­cause we’ve got a seven-and-a- half-hour drive home. It means we can still be back for work on Mon­day. The for­mat this year has been su­per.”

Third place fin­isher Roger Duck­worth added: “Two years ago we first did My­herin and we loved that, so to get to do the mid-wales stages is bet­ter. Last year we missed out on some of the good ones which was a shame but this year it was lovely to do.”

Wales Rally GB or­gan­iser Ben Tay­lor added: “Last year we did Satur­day and Sun­day and com­peti­tors didn’t get to go down to mid-wales. All the con­ver­sa­tions that we had with the com­peti­tors last year sug­gested they re­ally like driv­ing those My­herin, Hafren stages so if they were go­ing to miss a day then they don’t re­ally want to miss that day. We have to put the Na­tional rally in where we can fit it ac­cord­ing to the sched­ule. That’s worked well this year. We have to im­prove ev­ery­thing year on year.”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, SMJ Pho­tog­ra­phy, Gas­mark Me­dia, Jim Moir

Fri­day-satur­day event gets thumbs up

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