The classic Mid-Wales forest special stages of Dyfnant, Gartheiniog and Dyfi will be used on the 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally for the first time this November in the event’s most ambitious Welsh leg to date.
Details of the Welsh stages have been confirmed for the November 25-29 event, as the 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally gears up for its biggest Welsh element to date.
The stunning Dyfnant, Gartheiniog and Dyfi stages, all used on Wales Rally GB in recent times, will each be run twice on Sunday November 28 before the rally moves to the Epynt region for the final day on Monday. The stages used on Monday (29 November) will be Epynt, Halfway, Crychan and Gwibedog, with the Crychan test running to almost 11 miles. After the four stages are repeated, the rally will finish mid-afternoon in Carmarthen.
The Welsh leg follows three days of rallying in the north of England and southern Scotland as the 2021 Roger Albert Clark Rally becomes the longest and toughest special stage rally in Great Britain since the 1991 Lombard RAC Rally. Thirty 30 years ago (24-28 November 1991), Juha Kankkunen and Juha Piironen won the final round of the World Rally Championship in a Lancia Delta Integrale. The 351-stage mile route used in 1991 included a number of stages that will be used this November, including Dyfnant, Gartheiniog, Dyfi, Falstone, Pundershaw, Broomylinn and Shepherdshield.
The event organisers and many prospective competitors expect demand for entries will be very high when the entry list opens at 0900 on Friday morning (30 April). The entry list has been capped at 135 cars and 20 of those places are earmarked for overseas crews. If all places are taken, a reserve list will be opened for a maximum of 15 more entries.
Rally Manager Colin Heppenstall said: “The level of interest in the event is unparalleled and we are expecting a big rush when the list is opened on Friday morning. We expect the 115 places available for UK crews will fill very quickly. It is imperative that intending competitors download the event regulations and follow the entry and payment instructions to make sure of a place.”
Heppenstall has confirmed that places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Crews will need to enter on-line via the rallies.info entry system. A completed entry form along with payment of the £1000 entry deposit will be needed to secure a place in the entry list.
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