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.
It’s derby day in Wales this weekend and Robin Davey is feeling optimistic that all four regions now have sufficient quality to make the outcomes difficult to predict. But he still fancies the Cardiff Blues and the Scarlets. A fairly uneventful start to the Guinness Pro 14 season is about to explode into action with the arrival of two hotly contested derbies on Saturday in front of near full houses. In the west, the Scarlets take on the Ospreys at Parc Y Scarlets on Saturday afternoon and just over two hours later in the east the Dragons face Cardiff Blues at Rodney Parade.
Llandudno’s Matt Edwards could be the new British Rally Champion on Friday night, if the first part of the final double-header finale goes to plan. For the first time in over a decade, the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship joins the FIA World Rally Championship at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – with points awarded at the end of Friday’s leg and the final round of the series taking in the remaining Saturday and Sunday stages combined. Co-driven by Abersoch’s Darren Garrod, Edwards is in a four-way fight for the title, and after a sensational season he will need a dramatic turn of bad luck not to become British champion sometime this weekend.
Mica Moore is taking a break from bobsleigh - to go back to university. The 24-year-old has enrolled in the MSc in Sport Broadcasting and Media at Cardiff Met University.
Welsh rally ace Tom Cave says he is ready for the biggest challenge of his season when he launches his Wales Rally GB bid on Thursday after a successful test. The 26-year old from Aberdovey was back behind the wheel in South Wales on Monday of a Hyundai i20 R5 for the first time since finishing third in the WRC2 category on the Neste Rally Finland in July last year.
Welsh endurance athlete Jenny Nesbitt is hoping stint spent training in the Pyrenees will help boost her performance at the Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff. The Worcester AC athlete has been preparing for Sunday’s race at the National Centre for Altitude Training at Font Romeau, near the border of France and Spain.
After his historic win in last year’s Wales Rally GB, Elfyn Evans will be confident of pulling off another fine home performance in this year’s race, according to Machynlleth rally driver, Osian Pryce. Pryce will not be on the start line for this year’s rally, as he saves his funds for a tilt at the global rallying circuit next season.
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