Llandudno preparing to welcome World Rally Championship
by Becky Harrison |
posted 10 September 2019
Llandudno is playing an exciting central role in hosting the Wales Rally GB between 3rd-6th October. For the first time ever, a town will be home to the entire rally, bringing invaluable international publicity in terms of tourism to the region, as well as considerable business to Llandudno itself.
Wales Rally GB is the 12th round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and will set up shop with its busy headquarters in the waterfront Venue Cymru complex - also home to an interactive Big Bang exhibition.
The exhibition was organised with the aim of encouraging and inspiring students of STEM subjects at schools within North Wales. Exhibitors include BAE Systems, F1 in Schools, IET, IMEC, Lab Rascals, the RAF and Techsoft. More than 1,500 students are expected to attend over four days.
Adding to the buzz, the focal Service Park for all four major manufacturer-supported WRC teams will be based around Venue Cymru: Hyundai in the Mostyn Broadway Coach Park, while Citroen, Ford and Toyota will be located in car parks adjacent to Venue Cymru.
In preparation for a final official Shakedown test in Snowdonia’s spectacular Gwydir Forest on Thursday morning, teams will start arriving over the previous weekend. Crews will then head off to Liverpool for the Ceremonial Start and then to Oulton Park, near Chester, for the opening speed test on Thursday evening.
Thereafter, the high-speed action is set in the familiar forests of mid and north Wales – as well as a final day blast around the legendary Great Orme – with the competitors returning to Llandudno for overnight halts as well as a mid-day service on Friday and the Ceremonial Finish early on Sunday afternoon.
“There is going to be a truly vibrant festival atmosphere in Llandudno,” confirmed Hugh Chambers, Chief Executive of Motorsport UK, organiser and promoter of Wales Rally GB. “As well as bringing many millions of pounds of economic benefit to shops, hotels, restaurants, garages and a host of other businesses in the town.”
Admittance to the Service Park paddock areas is free to all-comers who, as well as seeing the latest generation of World Rally Cars being readied for action, will enjoy a raft of activities and entertainment. Tickets for the 22 special stages that make up the 2019 Wales Rally GB itinerary are also on sale with prices starting at just £15 for the Saturday evening family-friendly speed test in Colwyn Bay. Full details can be found on the official www.walesrallygb.com website.