The Welsh Hill Rally differs from most hill rallies in not having road sections between stages, so it’s ideal for anyone whose vehicle might not be road legal.
‘We’re hoping to root out anyone who might have a competition vehicle stowed away somewhere that might not be road legal, and encourage them to get involved,’ event organizer Chris Tomley said to LRO. ‘We’re running scheduled timing, so that competitors can miss stages if they have mechanicals problems. Hopefully everyone will be at the finish and get good value for money.’
Cost to compete is £375 per team, which gets you 104 competitive miles and 120 liaison miles, over terrain that’s described by Chris as ‘hard as nails – it’s not going to break down in a hurry!’ The hub of the event will be the Walters Arena near Swansea.
It’s the very same event whose debut in 1971 was marked by Land Rover’s legendary development engineer Roger Crathorne storming to victory in a pre-production Range Rover. In the decades that followed, the rally became a popular fixture on the rally calendar, but more recently it has suffered a 10-year hiatus... until now.
This year’s event also marks round four of the Defender Challenge, which will see ten teams taking part, including three new teams since the last round at Dukeries Rally in June.
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