The organisers of the brand new Superprix of Wales, which will take place at Parc y Scarlets next summer, are aiming to attract some of the biggest names in motorsport as they bring Formula 1, Le Mans, British Touring, Rallycross and World Rally cars to Llanelli in 2019. The motorsports extravaganza will run for three days, between 7-9 June, on a specially designed course that will see cars power around the perimeter and then through the middle of the stadium. It promises to be an action packaged, high-octane show, with demonstrations, exhibitions, displays, a motor show, trade stands and a food village – and an opportunity to view some of motorsport’s most iconic cars close up, and meet the star drivers.
Wales Under 18s are one win away from clinching a semi-final berth in the EuroHockey Youth Championships II on home soil. Lee Ible’s team followed up their epic late comeback against Scotland, where they secured a draw after being three goals down, with a convincing 2-0 victory over Switzerland at Sophia Gardens. A win over the Czech Republic on Wednesday evening (6.00pm) would see them safely through to the final four.
Jay Fulton is hoping a change of manager will lead to a revival in his opportunities at Swansea City this season. The Swans midfielder played in the club’s 2-1 friendly defeat to Spanish club Eibar on Tuesday night in Austria. It was the 24-year-old Scot’s latest pre-season action as he bids to convince new manager Graham Potter he can be a first team regular – a status he failed to achieve under both Paul Clement and Carlos Carvalhal.
Geraint Thomas has admitted Stage 17 could make or break his bid to become the first Welshman to win the Tour De France. The Team Sky rider will wear the yellow jersey on a brutal 65km route that includes four long ascents over three mountain passes and will require two hours of solid climbing. If Thomas is to crack – as he has at times before on previous tours, although always in the service of team leaders - then this is the stage where his rivals will bid to make it happen again.
Eight Welsh athletes have been named in the Great Britain team heading for the European Athletics Championships next month. The Welsh contingent is the highest since the 1986 Europeans in Stuttgart and double the number selected for the last championships held in Holland two years ago.
Welsh rugby fans will have no weekly free-to-air English langauge coverage of the Guinness Pro14 next season. Welsh language broadcaster S4C have announced they have agreed a new three-year deal for the tournament, but they have been stopped from providing a red button English commentary service as in past years. With BBC Wales having lost the live rights to Premier Sports and having failed to agree any deal for a Scrum V highlights programme, it means there will be no regular English language free output.
Graeme Thomas is seeking redemption at the European Rowing Championships in Glasgow next month - just two years after a virus left his dreams of a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in tatters. The 29-year-old was due to race in the men's quadruple sculls but flew back from Rio without being able to train, let alone compete.
After a six-week summer break, Elfyn Evans is revved up and ready for the start of the second half of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship at this weekend’s Rally Finland. The event is famous for its super-fast and smooth gravel roads that contain massive high-speed jumps, which send cars flying for 40 metres or more. It’s no surprise that Finland is Evans’ favourite rally outside his home Wales Rally GB, and the 29-year old M-Sport team driver from Dolgellau has done well there in the past, finishing an impressive second last year. Co-driven by Daniel Barritt, Evans will be hoping that the second half of the series will be better than a somewhat frustrating first, in which his speed in his EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC has only truly been rewarded once, with second place in Portugal. If he can get through Friday’s opening day without a puncture or mishap, you get the feeling another very good result could be on the cards.
There will be an explosive start to the Guinness PRO14 season when the reigning European Rugby Challenge Cup champions Cardiff Blues host the Champions Cup and PRO14 winners Leinster. The Friday night shoot-out at the Arms Park on 31 August will give new Blues coach John Mulvihill the toughest of starts, but with Leinster unlikely to have their leading Irish internationals available so early in the season it might be a slightly easier task than later in the campaign.
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