Esapekka Lappi set the fastest time on the opening stage of the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB to lead the event after tonight’s one mile spectator stage around the Tir Prince Raceway near Rhyl. Co-driven by Janne Ferm, the Toyota driver set a time 0.3 seconds faster than team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and World Rally Championship leaders Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai), while five-time world champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC) were fourth, a further 0.4 seconds behind. Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja, who crashed their Toyota on the morning’s Shakedown stage in Clocaenog forest, made it all three Yaris WRCs in the top five, while Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger completed the top six in their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
Elfyn Evans got his Dayinsure Wales Rally GB defence off to a flying start by setting the joint second fastest time on today’s Shakedown stage in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC. It might have only been a short 3.37km run through Clocaenog forest, which doesn’t count towards the outcome of the event itself, but the time – just 0.2 seconds slower than Finland’s Teemu Suninen (Fiesta WRC) – confirms that Evans is one of the favourites for victory this weekend. The Shakedown stage also proved how slippery the conditions are, as Ott Tänak – who has won the last three World Championship rounds – skidded straight on at a junction and nose-dived into a bank. His Toyota Yaris WRC has been repaired and he’ll be none the worse off when the event gets underway.
Dalton Grant is looking to celebrate promotion with Bradford Bull this weekend - before setting his sights on helping Wales qualify for the Rugby League World Cup. The 28-year-old is set to add to his cap tally when Wales face France, Scotland and Ireland this autumn and the full squad for the tournament will be announced on October 18.
SERBIA 22 WALES DRAGONHEARTS 20 Stadion FK Heroj, Belgrade Wales Dragonhearts were beaten by Serbia in a hard-fought game in Belgrade in the first of a two test series.
The stages are set for a spectacular scrap for supremacy on this weekend’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October), after crews completed their final preparations for an event that will pit some of the world’s biggest motor sport stars against both the clock and each other. One of the most historic and popular events on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB is renowned for pushing drivers and co-drivers to the very limit in their pursuit of the coveted Peall Trophy. This year’s new-look route – featuring 23 gruelling speed tests, totalling just shy of 200 competitive miles – will be no exception.
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