There was a great atmosphere for the start of Wales Rally GB this evening. Despite the weather there was a good crowd with fans turning out to cheer on the teams as they made there way onto the track for tonight’s special stage.
The docks course in Cardiff Bay was made trickier than last night’s shakedown by a sudden squall just after starters orders.
Though as Wales Rally GB press officer John Horton told our sports correspondent Richard Morgan; “Part of the character of this rally is the weather – Wet and windy”.
Certainly rally fans seemed utterly undeterred by the unpredictable Welsh weather.
Caution was the name of the game for many drivers as they struggled with some seriously slippery corners. Despite a mistake Stobart’s Matthew Wilson said he was looking to do well at this year’s event:
“Overshot one junction but it didn’t cost much time. Really going for a podium on this event but it’s early days yet!”
“I like this stage believe it or not.” explained Monster’s Ken Block afterwards. “But as I was sitting on the start-line it started to rain, so I opted for a cautious approach because the rain was quite heavy. Looking forward tomorrow and the proper stages!”
Tomorrow sees the rally move off tarmac as competitors race the tricky Sweet Lamb, Hafren and Myherin stages in Powys.
On Saturday teams will be racing the Radnor Forest and Monument Hill stages before attacking the event’s big challenge the asphalt roads of the Epynt military range at Four Ways Crychan, near Brecon.
The last day of racing this weekend will see the rally move to Resolfen and Margam Park before ending back in Cardiff.
It may have been a wet and windy start to this year’s Wales Rally GB – but as rally fans know – that’s part of the fun of the Welsh course.