WRC Wales Rally GB: 'Road to Wales' initiative to continue

Initiative provides 11 free entries into Wales Rally GB, the 2015 WRC season finale
The organisers of Wales Rally GB have confirmed the continuation of its 'Road to Wales' scheme for 2015.

Introduced in 2013, the programme rewards Britain's best rallying talent with free entries into the WRC season finale.

The Road to Wales prize roster offered no fewer than 11 free entries into last year's over-subscribed Rally GB.

Six of these were awarded to front-runners from various classes in the 2014 MSA British Rally Championship, the remaining five to the winners of the UK's five premier national rally championships.

With the BRC taking a sabbatical in 2015, those entries have now been transferred to six of the individual rounds that featured on the 2014 BRC calendar: Pirelli Carlisle Rally; Rally North Wales; Rally Isle of Man; RSAC Scottish Rally; Ulster Rally and Jim Clark Rally. Organisers of these events have set up their own selection criteria for the allocation of the Road to Wales prizes.

As last year the respective champions of the MSA English Rally Championship, ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship and the REIS – RAVENOL BTRDA Rally Series will be offered free entries into the WRGB National Rally.

In the MSA ANICC McGrady Insurance Northern Ireland Rally Championship, the no-cost entry will be part of a bigger honour that will see one promising young driver receiving a free prize drive on Wales Rally GB in a Citroen DS3 provided by David Greer Motorsport.

“The Road to Wales has proved to be a huge success and we had no hesitation in continuing the initiative in 2015,” said Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB.

“Wales Rally GB needs to be not only the climax of the WRC but also a fantastic end-of-season festival to celebrate the very best of British rallying and the Road to Wales makes sure that some of this country's best will be on the stages in November.”

Among those benefiting in 2014 were young Welsh rally star Osian Pryce, who furthered his credentials by finishing 18th overall and first non-priority driver, Scottish champion Euan Thorburn and BTRDA champion Steve Perez, who entered his crowd-pleasing Lancia Stratos.

“It's a great opportunity,” said Pryce, who will be stepping up to the Junior World Rally Championship in 2015. “To compete on a WRC event on home soil is a real honour and gaining crucial experience on a world championship event has provided me with a stepping stone towards progressing my career. Not having to pay for my event entry meant I could focus my budget on other areas such as moving up to an R5 category car. There aren't many prizes in rallying and the Road to Wales award is something I just had to take up.”

Full details of the 2015 WRGB route will now be published later in the year with ticket details announced at the same time.

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