Cardiff Bay will play host to a special stage and family area at this year’s Wales GB Rally.
The Rallyfest zone includes a full-speed rally stage, exclusive driver interviews, live rally broadcasts and autograph signings.
The special stage will run on Wednesday evening for Shakedown – a chance for the drivers to test their cars and then will run competitively on Thursday and Saturday evenings. It is the first time Cardiff Bay has hosted a timed special stage.
The stage itself concludes with a circuit around part of Associated British Port’s Port of Cardiff before crossing the finish line on Cargo Road. Callum Couper, deputy port manger said:
“Associated British Ports Cardiff is pleased to host this special stage of Wales Rally GB which provides an international showcase for the Port and City of Cardiff. We hope that competitors and spectators alike have a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”
Speaking ahead of the event Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones welcomed the Cardiff Bay stage:
“This special stage at Cardiff Bay provides easy access for the entire family to enjoy this vibrant area of Cardiff and all the rally action.”
Andrew Coe, chief executive of Wales Rally GB, said that after the success of hosting a rally service area in the bay last year they had taken the step to add to that experience by putting on the five day Rallyfest event.
“The bay will be buzzing with rally activity across the five days, from the moment the first car roars into the bay for Shakedown on Wednesday evening to when the bay erupts with the sound of cheering at the finish ceremony on Sunday afternoon.
“Last year we brought the event’s service park to the bay but this year we’ve taken the experience for fans one step further with the creation of Rallyfest. This means that even when the teams aren’t servicing the cars there will be plenty going on for everyone to enjoy and it acts as a great taster for those who have never experienced the thrill of a rally before.”
Rallyfest is completely free of charge to enjoy and opens to fans from Thursday 11th for the duration of Wales Rally GB. Highlights include an autograph signing session with top drivers outside Wales Millennium Centre on Thursday evening (16:25), live driver interviews on stage and the event’s official press conferences on Friday (approximately 18:40) and Saturday (approximately 18:55).
Tickets to view the Thursday and Saturday competitive stage start from just £1 for children and £10 for adults and are available from www.walesrallygb.com.