WRC » Sunderland favourite to replace Cardiff as Rally GB host?

Sunderland could emerge as the most likely replacement for Cardiff should Rally GB decide to look for pastures new in 2013.

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April 23, 2012 4:34 PM

I have long said that if other Cities in the UK come up with the right funding they should be considered as hosts for Rally G.B.

Wales have been hosts since 2000 and when i did the Rally in 1997 although the base was Cheltenham a lot of the stages were in Wales which was Exciting

I think it would be Good to see what kind of a Rally could and would be created by moving the Rally to a different part of the Country, it may add some excitement to the Rally again

Some of the stages have been crap in recent years on Wales Rally GB, I dont think stages on Epynt should of been included, we have some stunning Gravel stages that are lying Dorment, the only problem is where ever the Rally goes it will be the same Team creating the Rally, we need to step it up a gear

Stratos Fever - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 6:25 PM

Spot on Dafydd!
The Rally needs to get rid of the current organisers, IMS, they are only interested in money making. The sport & event are now niche. They may claim recent runnings have been succesful, but have received virtually zero mainstream coverage - which means it's not a success.
For the good of the event it needs a central base - instead of encouraging a bidding 'war', put all resources together and create an iconic event, just as Jean Todt wants future events to be. If not, the FiA will have no hesitation on dropping it.
While the Welsh Assembly have backed the event, which we must thank them - we need to look at the 'bigger picture'. The event has lost it's mojo being based entirely in Wales - by all means still use Welsh stages, but a more central base is needed, which mean I'm slightly worried about Sunderland.

i like green - Unregistered

April 23, 2012 9:07 PM

Iam old enough to remember chasing the rally (RAC) all over britain for three days and nights before they adopted office hours, a real adventure for drivers and spectators alike. I would welcome its return to Kielder or grizedale forests to bring back those memories..


April 24, 2012 11:07 AM

Also i think that using the Royal Welsh Showground was a huge backward step after the service Park was in Cardiff the year before, that was much better for the image of the Event

You cant use a Tin Pot facility like the RWS on an Event of this Calibre, you need the Glitz of the City and to be close to all the facilities like the Big Posh Hotels and Restraunts to not only attract the spectators out but to take the maximum benefit commercially from the Magnitude of the event. Teams had to travel over an hour back to Cardiff late at night and early in the morning

Then the icing on the cake is to cherry pick all the very best stages with in the route distance permitted, the exciting stages with easy access in and out, its not Rocket science really...

Jack and danny - Unregistered

April 24, 2012 9:53 PM

Crack pot idea for Sunderland, Manchester should be the city with service on the Trafford Centre and why ? easy access, international airport 1 to north wales and 1.5 to the lakes, Tatton Park super special, great orme etc etc

Loads of accommodation, eateries shopping Man Utd stage ! Or even Trafford Centre super special and get some new spectators on board and easy access for family and disabled viewing.

Just trying to get tickets to Greece and it is a ball ache to get to etc, bloody finlands a pain too.

e tong - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 12:32 AM

yes run the rally up north it would be great
but who is going to run the stages as all the clubs that run them now will not run them up north
and also the the show in builth wells is empty when the rally is on and it is more about teams selling hats and t shirts i think the nec or the earls court is were the teams would like to be

Langheck 917 - Unregistered

April 25, 2012 8:28 AM

As ever with the WRC, the people in it are deluded. This isn't F1, whatever prestige the WRC and RallyGB may have had has most certainly gone. It's just another identikit event, albeit one with a great history. If the event is to ever regain public consciousness it will be a slow process, and I wouldn't be confident of that happening with the current organisers in place. To start, accept were the sport and event are, and go from there. Stop bigging it up into something it quite clearly isn't. A central England host town is really needed, Chester would be ideal, and then places like Tatton, Carden can be used for Spectator specials for the casual fan.
However, no chance of this happening, whoever pays the most will get it , and that is where the event is going wrong.

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