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THE 66th running of the Cambrian Rally is round the corner with a new route passing through rural Conwy.

The rally again forms one stage of the British Rally Championship, as well as the Pirelli Welsh Stage and ANWCC championships, and the organisers, North Wales Car Club are optimistic that it will prove to be one of the best yet.

They have put together a new route comprising a total of 175 miles and 44 stage miles, with two runs each in Gwydir, Penmachno, and Alwen. The final challenge will be an entirely new Tarmac stage which has only been used before on road rallies.

Joint clerk of the course, Alyn Edwards said he believes it will be a popular race.

“All stages are over six miles and because some sections haven’t been used for the past two or three years they are all in excellent condition,” he said.

The race is again expected to start and finish will again be in Llandudno, with overnight parking for competitors available in the multi-storey facility at the town’s Victoria Centre shopping mall.

The organisers continue to work with Conwy County Borough Council, Llandudno Town Council, the Welsh Government and Llandrillo College.

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THE Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally team has confirmed spectators can attend at the highly anticipated race this month.

The organising team at North Wales Car Club have reached an agreement with the Welsh Government and Conwy County Borough Council, NRW and Motorsport UK following drawn-out efforts to plan the event since January.

The 66th running of the race once again forms a stage of the British Rally Championship, as well as the Pirelli Welsh Stage and ANWCC championships, with a new route comprising a total of 175 miles and 44 stage miles. There will be two runs, one passing through Gwydir, Penmachno, and Alwen, with the final challenge an entirely new Tarmac stage only previously used for road rallies.

“To ensure the event went ahead and spectators can attend we have had to devise a track and trace system. However, this remains subject to the Covid situation remaining stable. We must also reiterate that everyone must adhere to any guidelines in place at the time and follow the marshals instructions at all times.”

Social distancing is encouraged when viewing on the stages, should spectators fail to obey the Safety Car or marshals instructions and there are groups of spectators gathering, then the Clerk of the Course may be forced to cancel the stage in order to comply with Covid regulations.

Spectator tickets will be on a pre-sale basis, with spectators able to purchase a vehicle car parking ticket on line via the website. At the car park entrance, in exchange for the ticket they will be given a programme. The ticket will give access to one car park only.

And for those who can’t attend the event, the team have put in place live coverage which will bring the action into their homes.

Julian Porter and Chris Rawes from the WRC and FIA ERC coverage, Killian Duffy and Andy Walsh from Onthepacenote, the Special Stage Rally Review team, and Sideways Media will be broadcasting from every stage end with two full stages live. This is in addition to the British Rally Championship and Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship broadcasting from their channels.

Additionally, media students from Coleg Llandrillo will be broadcasting from the service area throughout the day.

Conwy will once again provide the high octane finale for next year's British Rally Championship.

It will offer the perfect curtain call on the 2022 season, when Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally retains its October slot and rounds out the British Rally Championship in style.

Fans will also have the potential to see the champion crowned on the Llandudno seafront, after the event takes contenders through world-class forest stages in North Wales.

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A CLOSE contest between two North Wales drivers for this year’s British Rally Championship will provide an enthralling spectacle at the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally on Saturday.

Currently leading the championship is Machynlleth’s Osian Pryce, who has a 16 point lead over rival and two-time British champion Matt Edwards, from Colwyn Bay, looking for a third successive British Championship title.

Both men will be competing in Volkswagon Polo GTI R5 cars in the race, which starts and finishes on Llandudno promenade, with routes passing through Gwydir, Penmachno, and Alwen

After Edwards suffered a blip, which caused him to lose significant time on the two opening stages of the event, Pryce topped the BRC leaderboard at the recent Mull Rally in Scotland, with Edwards showing tremendous grit and determination to fight his way back into second place.

On his home rally, with the action taking place in the forests of Conwy county, Edwards will be going all out for victory and plans to play his bonus points Joker.

The Cambrian also hosts the penultimate round of the British Trials and Rally Drivers Association Championship which is being equally closely contested, with George Lepley from Newark, holding a slender lead over the recently crowned Scottish Rally champion, Garry Pearson, and rival Ian Bainbridge. The same three drivers are also in close contention to win the Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championship title with points gained on the Cambrian likely to prove decisive.

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