Record international entry for Wales Rally GB

Reporter:

Emily Davies

A star-studded line-up will come to Cholmondeley Castle later this month when the Wales Rally GB returns.

Organisers International Motor Sports has revealed a record number of entries from around the world will be descending on the popular event between October 26 and 29.

The historic Cheshire fortress near Malpas will feature on day three of the fast-paced competition.

Featuring in the driver list is Sébastien Ogier who is bidding for unprecedented fifth victory, while leading the British drivers will be Jimmy McRae – the five-time British rally champion and father of the late Colin McRae – who will be contesting the main event for the first time since 2004.

A spokesperson for Wales Rally GB said: “It could be the fiercest fought in memory, as the first 10 rounds of the 2017 series have produced six different winners, meaning the title race will still be raging when the teams arrive in the UK.”

And one of the drivers will be competing in his own back garden.

Guy Butler, 41, lives on the estate and and drivers will, quite literally, be in Guy’s back yard when they arrive at the RallyFest stage on Saturday, October 28.

“It’s really strange,” said Butler.

“Last year, we had a regroup – where we stop and wait before we go in and compete in the Cholmondeley stage – and it was outside my local shop, the Cholmondeley Farm Shop.

“I go there to collect my milk and newspapers every morning and then here I was, sitting there with rally drivers from all over the world. It was very surreal.

“The road we compete on goes about half-a-mile from the front door of the house, so we’ll be looking to put on a bit of a show and do some skids for all the family and friends out watching.

“It’s an amazing day and a really unique opportunity.”

To find out more visit walesrallygb.com/spectators/ cholmondeleyrallyfest

Email:

emily.davies@nwn.co.uk

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