Wales Rally GB Chief Calls Rally “Perfect Storm”

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB managing director Ben Taylor has called the UK round the “perfect storm” that aided in bringing more than 100,000 spectators to North Wales.

The 20-staged rally is known for its fast gravel roads and remote forests. It is the only British round of the FIA World Rally Championship on the touring calendar and was held between 26 October and 29 October, based out of Deeside.

Welsh driver Elfyn Evans won the rally by 37.3 seconds in the first victory for himself, for a Welshman in the series and the first for a British driver since Richard Burns’s victory in 2000. He finished 45.2 seconds ahead of M-Sport World Rally Team teammate Sébastien Ogier who also sealed the 2017 championship by coming in third.

Wales Rally GB managing director Ben Taylor told Insider Media, “It was a close to perfect weekend as far as we were concerned. We tipped over the 100,000-spectator mark for the first time since we moved to North Wales five years ago.

“The success of Elfyn Evans and the championship battle certainly helped. However, we have to find ways to improve the event year-on-year. We can’t bank on the weather or a local driver winning every year. The event has to be a success regardless. Then when the stars do align we have to take advantage.

“Last weekend was the perfect storm. We had what seemed like half of Wales descending on the final stage.”

Big Bang @ Wales Rally GB, a STEM event focused on celebrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics, was also situated at the rally village, based at Toyota, Zone 3 of Deeside Industrial Park. The event encourages young people to consider careers in STEM fields with many schools and the general public in attendance.

The rally has a net positive impact at an estimated £10 million for the Welsh economy.