Cambrian Rally

Entries flooding in fast

Posted on January 04, 2016

It’s meant a mammoth task for the organisers, North Wales Car Club, who even before the 2015 event finished on October 17, had set the wheels in motion for the rally to be staged over the weekend of February 12 and 13.An innovative route has been planned with the introduction of a stage which has never before been used on the Cambrian, and the reintroduction of others.

Run in Conwy county and Denbighshire, it will take in classic stages at Clocaenog and Alwen as well as in the Conwy Valley at Gwydir,Elsi,and Penmachno before finishing with the iconic Great Orme stage used on Wales Rally GB.

And it looks as though the organisers’ hard work is paying off with over 90 entries being received in the first few days of the list being opened just before Christmas.

Clerk of the course Alyn Edwards said: “It’s a real challenge to stage the event twice within four months, but we have a very experienced organising team and we’re determined that the 2016 Cambrian will be one to remember.”

Over the years many British and international rally legends have cut their teeth in the North Wales forests used by the Cambrian, and this year’s event will again see nail biting action on stages used in the golden days of rallying when drivers like Roger Clarke, Colin McRae, Richard Burns, Stig Blomqvist, and Juha Kankkunen pitted their wits against the classic narrowforest tracks. And the Cambrian continues to attract stars of the sport with in Mikko Hirvonen, Mads Ostberg, and Welsh hero Elfyn Evans having competed in more recent times.

Support for the event continues to grow, both from within the sport, and from the communities in Conwy county that host the stages, car parking, and servicing, and the car club is grateful to them for their continued help and encouragement.

Because the Cambrian is recognised as a premier national event, and in 2014 was named both BTRDA Rally Championship and Welsh Rally Championship Rally of the Year; and because the North Wales Car Club is closely associated with the running of Wales Rally GB stages, Conwy County Borough Council continues to promote, and provide financial support for the event. The organiser are also delighted that Llandudno Town Council is also a major sponsor as it recognises its’ value to the resort.

But additional sponsors are always welcome and a number of packages ranging from £500 to sponsor a stage are available.

The rally starts, and finishes, on Llandudno promenade on February 13 with scrutineering of competing cars at the town’s Victoria Centre carpark from 2pm the previous day.