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WRC - 2015 Wales Rally GB - Preview

The final round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the contenders into the autumnal Welsh forests for one of the most traditional gravel events on the calendar, Rally GB

Largely characterised by the weather during Britain’s winter months, Wales Rally GB can throw up any manner of conditions including rain, snow, ice and fog, all of which give this event a formidable reputation.

In the fight for titles, the FIA WRC 3 Championship remains the biggest one up for grabs in the Welsh forests and the contenders in their two-wheel drive cars will be battling it out over the 19 stages that make up this year’s event.

Two stages will be broadcast live; SS9 (Gartheiniog 2) on Saturday and the Brenig Power Stage on Sunday.


Crews will be familiar with the stages from 2013 and 2014, albeit nearly all of them with some minor changes. This year, the ceremonial start moves to Llandudno, and Friday’s route sees the re-introduction of the famous Myherin stage. The opening day of competition also only has a tyre fitting zone in Newtown and no mid-day service opportunity. Saturday is long; competitors leave the service park at 05:00 hrs and return for a mid-afternoon service before heading back to the forests for two night stages. On Sunday, the scenic Great Orme stage - run on asphalt around the coastline - returns for the first time since 2013.


Total distance:
Stage distance:
Number of stages:

1,469.33 km
309.87 km (21.1%)


The Accreditation Centre is located in the commercial area of the Deeside Service Park, Zone 3, Deeside Industrial Park, CH5 2TW. The opening hours are:

Monday 9 November
Tuesday 10 November
Wednesday 11 November
Thursday 12 November

14:00 – 19:00 hrs (for media recce only) 
14:00 – 18:00 hrs
10:00 – 18:00 hrs
08:00 – 18:00 hrs 


Wednesday 11 November
Mandatory rally by rally photographers briefing,
photographers' room

Thursday 12 November
Shakedown (P1 and P2 drivers)
Shakedown (all Priority drivers)
Shakedown (non Priority drivers)
Meet the Crews, WRC Stage, Service Park, Deeside
FIA Press Conference, Press Rioom, Rally HQ
Autograph session, Llandudno
Ceremonial start, Llandudno

Friday 13 November
First car arrives for regroup, Media Zone and
tyre fitting zone, Newtown 
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Deeside
End of day ‘Meet the Crews’, WRC Stage,
Service Park, Deeside

Saturday 14 November
First car arrives for regroup, service and
Media Zone, Deeside
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Deeside
End of day 'Meet the Crews', WRC Stage,
Service Park, Deeside

Sunday 15 November
First car arrives for regroup, Llandudno
First car arrives for final service and Media Zone, Deeside
Prize-Giving and podium ceremony, Service Park, Deeside
FIA Press Conference, Press Room, Rally HQ

17:15 hrs

08:00-09:30 hrs
09-30-11:00 hrs
11:00-12:00 hrs
12:00 hrs
13:30 hrs
17:00 hrs
18:30 hrs

11:56 hrs

17:48 hrs
During the 45' service

15:32 hrs

21:17 hrs
During the 45' service

10:31 hrs
13:38 hrs
14:15 hrs
15:00 hrs


Thursday 12 November

Sunday 15 November

Simone Tempestini, FIA Junior/WRC 3 Championship
Quentin Gilbert, FIA Junior/WRC 3 Championship
Craig Breen, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Tom Cave, FIA WRC 2 Championship
Kris Meeke, Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT
Hayden Paddon, Hyundai Motorsport 
Elfyn Evans, M-Sport World Rally Team
Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Motorsport II

Winning FIA Junior/WRC 3 Championship crew
Winning FIA WRC 2 Championship crew
Top three crews in the overall classification
Representative of the winning entrant


‘Meet the Crews’: On Friday and Saturday the top three drivers will attend a ‘Meet the Crews’ session for media and fans. This will take place on the WRC Stage at the earliest opportunity during the final service.

Autograph Signing Session: On Friday and Saturday selected crews will be available for a 15 minute autograph session. This will take place in the service park during the end of day service at the teams’ service areas.


The provisional classifications for all the WRC Championships can be found here.


Shortly after the finish of the event, a downloadable stage chart showing the progressive positions of the leading crews during the rally will be available. This is copyright free for editorial purposes and available here.