Guest Post: WRC #WRGB 2017 by Ian Skelton

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The WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 is the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship. It is held every year through the fast, challenging forests tracks of South & North Wales.

This year would see a British Winner for the first time in over 20 yrs & the World Championship settled. Totally committed driving over 22 special stages covering more than 200 competitive miles through some legendary Welsh forests. The weather always plays a massive part & heavy rain in the run up to the rally made the stages very muddy. These forest tracks can be slippery at the best of times! This year saw the return true ‘night stages’ & a little fog made it a real test for the world’s best rally drivers.

The fast & flowing stage of Myherin offering great photo opportunities with gravel flying from the wheels. On to the spectator’s favourite, Sweet Lamb Complex with it’s exciting atmosphere of high jumps & the water splash down in the ‘Bowl’. Dramatic action is guaranteed & didn’t fail to deliver.

The speed the cars can get up to in fast stages like Gartheiniog & Aberhirnant is just incredible! It hard to believe that they can find that amount of grip in the slippy mud & lose gravel. When a WRC Rally Car comes past you at 100mph, popping flames, throwing stones & mud in its wake… Blinding spot lights piercing through the darkness as the cars blast out of the tree line in bitch black is simply awe-inspiring!


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Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN) driving the #12 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC launch into Sweet Lamb Complex bowl on FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

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Yazeed Al Rajhi (SAU) / Michael Orr (GBR) driving the #20 Yazeed Racing Ford Fiesta RS WRC lands heavily & rolls in Sweet Lamb Complex on FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

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Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) / Chris Patterson (GBR) driving the #7 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën C3 WRC launch into Sweet Lamb Complex bowl on FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

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Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Daniel Barritt (GBR) driving the #3 M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC jumping into Sweet Lamb Complex Bowl section on FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

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Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) / Chris Patterson (GBR) driving the #7 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën C3 WRC

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Mads Østberg (NOR) / Torstein Eriksen (NOR) driving the #14 M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC

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during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Hayden Paddon (NZL) / Sebastian Marshall (GBR) driving the #4 Hyundai Motorsport Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC during the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Car 0, the Course Opening Car during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 on SS12 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Steve Southall (GBR) / Richard Bestwick (GBR) driving the #109 Ford Escort MkII during the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Ott Tänak (EST)/ Martin Järveoja (EST)driving the #2 M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC during the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Esapekka Lappi (FIN) / Janne Ferm (FIN) driving the #12 Toyota Gazoo Racing WRT Toyota Yaris WRC during the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Khalid Al Qassimi (UAE) / Chris Patterson (GBR) driving the #7 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën C3 WRC during the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Elfyn Evans (GBR) / Daniel Barritt (GBR) driving the #3 M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC spot lamps cut through the night stages on his way to winning the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Aberhirnant Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Kris Meeke (GBR) / Paul Nagle (IRL) driving the #7 Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT Citroën C3 WRC spot lamps cut through the night stages during the FIA WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 Aberhirnant Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

Ole Christian Veiby (NOR) / Stig Rune Skjærmoen (NOR) driving the #33 Skoda Motorsport Skoda Fabia R5 during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 on SS12 Gartheiniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017

during the WRC Wales Rally GB 2017 on SS2 Gartheniog Forest on Saturday 28 October 2017. Photo: Ian Skelton

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