2019 - FIA WRC - WRC2 - Nationals - WALES RALLY GB
The trip started with the wednesday evening boat to Poole arriving just after midnight,Thursday morning. This then led to driving around 250 miles during the dead of night on deserted roads up to Owestry in Wales. ( a slight nap was taken for an hour at a roadside station) On getting to the Travelodge around 6:30am we were then told we could not have our hotel room until 3pm that day.......after further nagging with the night watchman it was agreed we could come back at 12pm to get an early check in. There was no rush as the opening at Oulton Park did not start until later that afternoon to continue into the evening. As you will see by the first set of photos the WRC2 cars were on the circuit but not in full race mode. The event started late in the afternoon then around 6:30 with Chris Hoy driving the 555 Subaru (Colin Mcrae's original rally car) turned out onto the curcuit but with the light fading too fast the only option for photos would have been light trails.
Friday - The alarm started sounding at 3:00am with us leaving the hotel about 3:45am to be at Dyfnant by 5am to get in at the car park....Mission accomplished with the 30 ish miles through lanes in about 45 minutes. We arrived in plenty of time and had an extra 2 hours kip / rest in the car before we got out to get on stage about 7am. Stayed at Dyfnant all day until about 8pm and watched the WRC, WRC2 do their 2 runs throughout the day along with the Nationals doing their single run. Plenty of action in the forest along with stone dust and pebbles flying around the spectator areas as the cars slid past on the corners. On one run Jason took a pebble to the side of the head (he said it was more like a boulder) which drew blood and possibly knocked some sense into him, later I took a stone to the ribs which left me winded for a while....never dull but at least the cameras didn't get knocked. Whislt all this was going on the Welsh weather was in fine form with their liquid sunshine pouring down, sometimes heavy which then added more mud and slush to then be flung at us everytime a car went passed. All in all this was a great first full day with us retiring to Burger King for our tea before a snoring fest in the hotel room between myself and Jason.
After a few hours of deliberation we thought it best to drive to Dyfi (Pronouned Dovey) as Jason and I were uncertain of how to get to Mynherin, this then changed after more deliberation and we found some markers on the sat nav /maps which we thought would get us to Mynheron for Day 2. We thought a lie in might be in order after a distinct lack of sleep so the alarm was set for 6am knowing we had to be on the road by 6:30am as we were looking at drive time of about 1hour 30mins. Yet again we were travelling on the "B" roads through the middle of nowhere to get to our destination. About 1 hour 20 mins into the drive we came to Rally stop car park "M" which we thought could possibly be the correct destination..........Later to discover (After about 2 hours) that we weren't actually at Mynherin but at Sweet Lamb......hahaha. This did not deter us at all as we had found some great viewing positions and happily snapped away constantly giggling to ourselves knowing we were not in the place we actually set out to be. We saw the WRC, WRC2's do both their runs then finished off the day with the Nationals.