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– Next step for competitors revving up for history-making 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
– Exciting, new-look, four-day international event
– WRC classic doubles up as Prestone MSA British Rally Championship finale
– 160-car field offering amateurs chance to compete against the elite
– Tickets on sale with significant discounts for those booking in advance

The beginning of August marks another major milestone on the countdown to the UK’s history-making round of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship.

With little more than nine weeks remaining until the thrilling WRC title fight arrives on these shores, official entries to this autumn’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October) have just opened.

Entries for the shorter two-day WRGB National Rally that shadows the main four-day event into the legendary Welsh forests on Friday and Saturday open next Wednesday (8 August) and will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. This concurrent event offers enthusiastic amateurs an extraordinary opportunity to compete alongside their World Championship heroes.

From all perspectives, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB has always been one of the classic rounds on the WRC calendar attracting top class entries from right around the world. This year’s International event, though, will be even more exceptional than last year’s huge success.

Now, making more history, this year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB will witness the thrills of world championship motor sport on closed sections of public roads for the first time ever on the British mainland.

The 2018 route offers competitors a number of more challenging speed tests with sections of forests now linked together by road closures plus a spectacular headline grabbing finale on the Welsh coast with crews racing around the iconic Great Orme and onto the closed streets of Llandudno.

With the title race hotting-up, a full field of the latest generation of awe-inspiring WRC cars is expected with Citroën, Ford, Hyundai and Toyota all well represented at the front of the premier league pack.

Swelling the numbers, the UK’s premier rally is also a round of WRC2 and WRC3 championships as well as the final two rounds of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship, the UK’s premier series. Moreover, as debuted last year, those with nationally-registered machinery will again be eligible for the main WRC event.

In total, a maximum of 90 entries will be accepted into the full event which includes 23 special stages adding up to just over 318km (199 miles) of world class competitive action.

The first 30 eligible entries from private entrants received before the 4 September closing date will be automatically accepted. A full breakdown of entry fees is available in the Supplementary Regulations found on the website with local crews able to take advantage of the discounted British privateer entry fee of £2200 including VAT). An even greater discount is offered to those registered for the BRC, their entries priced at just £1650 (including VAT).

Running alongside the main event, the WRGB National Rally has been a sell-out in recent years and this year’s revised two-day event is again likely to be oversubscribed. Initial entries will be restricted to maximum of just 70, though this figure could be increased to make a total field of 160 cars should the International event attract fewer than 90 starters.

The first 55 completed registrations received after National entries open at noon on 8 August will be accepted on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, with the remaining 15 places to be allocated at the organisers’ discretion – several of these being reserved for outstanding performers in the UK’s major domestic championships via the Road to Wales initiative.

With ten challenging stages totalling an extended 85 miles of competitive action, the WRGB National rally is priced at £900 + VAT. To register, fully paid entries must be made online through the official website when entries open next week.

“This is an incredible opportunity opportunity for both British and overseas competitors to be part of an event that is going to be a very, very special,” enthused Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. “We have the return of the stunning new-era WRC cars, the fiercest title fight for more than a decade, a British driver targeting back-to-back victories plus a radical new route ending with a fantastic finale on the Promenade in Llandudno.

“It all adds up to an epic world championship page-turner that no one – whether spectators or participants – will want to miss.”

For those not lucky enough to be revving up for action, admission tickets are on sale offering considerable discounts for those buying in advance. If purchased now, adult prices start at just £15 for the opening Visit Conwy Tir Prince test on Thursday evening, £20 for a grandstand seat in Llandudno, £28 for a day pass or £99 for the full four-day premium event pass. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free.

Full information can be found on the official website and via the event’s social media channels.

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