Weather fails to stop rally

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The 39th-running of the Weir Engineering Wyedean Forest Rally will go ahead as planned this weekend in the Forest of Dean, despite heavy rain forcing much of the local land under water.

The Forest of Dean Motor Club, organisers of the opening round of the REIS BTRDA Rally Series, issued a statement on Wednesday to confirm the rally would not be postponed, allowing all of the competitors, marshals and spectators time to make their final preparations ahead of the the event.

A near capacity entry has been received by the FoD Motor Club, and Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton have been seeded as number one for the seven stage event. The duo will compete in a Ford Focus WRC.

Towcester’s Rob Smith and his co-driver, Ross Weir, will carry the number ten on their Subaru Impreza and are the seventh crew to start in the leading B14 class.

An experienced competitor, Smith has taken part on the Wyedean for many years and is looking for a solid performance and a top six finish. The overall entry is near capacity, with a huge number of cars contesting the 1400cc class. Twenty-two historic cars boost the event further.

The Wyedean Forest Rally is based at Chepstow Racecourse, with all stages taking place on forest roads of the Forest of Dean. The first car is flagged away from the start at 8am, with the leading car should reach the finish shortly after 2.40pm.