Wales Rally GB is a motor racing event held as part of the World Rally Championship. The event centres around the Welsh capital, Cardiff, and sees some of the world’s greatest drivers battle for the best possible time.
The victor of Wales Rally GB 2011 was Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala, he was driving a Ford Fiesta RS WRC, and was accompanied by his co-driver, Miikka Anntila. French driver, Sebastian Loeb, dominated the event for the previous three years with his Citroen C4 WRC, accompanied by co-driver, Daniel Elena. Loeb was the favourite to win the 2011 event, but crashed out.
The event is geared towards spectators and often features a special stage in Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. Welsh Labour Party AM, Edwina Hart, announced after the 2011 event that £1.4 million would be invested in the 2012 Wales Rally GB event, showing its importance to the tourism and motoring industries in Wales.
The event now sees drivers taking part in stages in mid Wales, and in north Wales, with a ceremonial finish in Cardiff. In 2005, tragedy struck the event as Markko Martin crashed his Peugot into a tree, Martin was unharmed but his British co-driver, Michael Park, was fatally injured.
The tree, in Bryn, now bears a plague in honour of the late co-driver.
The 2012 schedule for the Wales Rally GB is 13-16 September. It features as the 10th race on the WRC race calendar.