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Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

Rally of Legends

26-29 October 2017

The penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship

Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle

The family-friendly RallyFest returns to Cholmondeley Castle!

Designed to deliver a full day of thrilling entertainment for visitors of all ages, the Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle will particularly appeal to new rally spectators and those attending with children, who will benefit from easier access and more facilities than the traditional forest stages.

Visitors to Cholmondeley will savour the eye-catching action as the stars and cars race against the clock around the stately home's challenging parkland tracks. They will also be treated to tyre-burning donuts, jumps, big screen coverage, commentary, a stunning showcase of iconic rally cars from many of the sport's most exciting eras (aka 'Rally Legends'), a catering village, trade stands, plus a host of other attractions including an autograph and selfie session with all the top drivers.

Having run plenty of events of this nature in recent years, Cholmondeley Castle is well versed in getting fans in and out with minimum fuss and maximum fun. By no means the longest stage on the route, but potentially wet, leafy asphalt can be as tricky as any forest road. And where else do you get the chance to see a donut, eat a doughnut and grab an autograph from a still sweaty Sébastien Ogier?

Please note: there will be no spectator entry to Cholmondeley after 4pm on Saturday 28 October. From 4pm the roads on the estate will be reversed to be exit only.

Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle Timetable


Gates open

09:20 - 09:55

Historic rally car demonstration on stage

09:30 - 10:00

Bike Battle display in RallyFest area

10:00 - 10:15

Supermoto display on stage

10:00 - 15:00

Sporting Bears rides

10:30 - 11:00

National Rally Safety cars on stage

11:00 - 12:30

National Rally on stage

12:30 -13:00

Bike Battle display in RallyFest area

12:32 - 12:45

Supercar demonstration on stage

12:47 - 13:00

Supermoto display on stage

13:05 - 14:15

Historic rally car demonstration on stage

13:45 - 14:15

Bike Battle display in RallyFest area

15:00 - 15:30

Autograph session along main straight in front of RallyFest area

15:00 - 15:30

Bike Battle display in RallyFest area

15:38 - 15:45

Safety cars on stage


WRC Stage start


Event closes

Updated 21 October 2017


When and where does the Rally take place?

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th October based in north Wales and Cheshire with many of the venues easily accessible from England.
An overview map of the route can be found HERE and the rally timetable can be viewed HERE.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

What's the difference between the days - Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday?

Each day features action in different areas.
Shakedown (the final prep for the cars) and the new Visit Conwy Special Stage at Tir Prince happen on Thursday, both based in north Wales.
Friday is all based around the Llanidloes / Aberystwyth area.
On Saturday it's concentrated in the Snowdonia region.
Sunday's action takes place near the Brenig and Alwen reservoirs with the Finish back in Llandudno.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

What would I see?

The world's best cars and drivers on the limit, as well as a whole field of more than 100 rally cars. You will typically see approximately 200 cars in competitive action at any one place during the day.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

Where can I see the cars and stars for free?

Regroups in Newtown and Chester on Friday
Ceremonial Finish in Llandudno on Sunday
Rally Village at Deeside open Thursday, Friday and Saturday

For more FAQs, click HERE.

How long does it last?

The action can last all day, but you are able to leave at any time. The WRC cars come through at 2 minute intervals and do most stages twice, while a separate National Rally will visit many of the stages too, so you will see lots of action.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

Which stage is best for children?

All children under 16 go free (excluding Rally Xtra venues @ Sweet Lamb and/or Cholmondeley Castle), making this a great half-term event. The Toyota RallyFest at Cholmondeley Castle is an obvious choice for families, as it offers all-day entertainment, attractions, displays, parades, big screen and catering village.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

What is the Rally Village?

Located in Deeside, the Rally Village is where all the competing crews are based - in motor racing terms, it's the event's buzzing pits and paddock complex. Admission is free and fans of all ages can watch as the teams prepare their cars for the action in the fearsome forests. There's lots more to enjoy in the Rally Village too, with driver interviews, food outlets, trade stalls and a funfair.

For more FAQs, click HERE.

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