DOZENS of rally teams converged on Welshpool today (Friday 27 May) as the town welcomed a new rally event for the first time.
Over 60 teams totaling over 400 people came to Welshpool to take part in The Welsh Hill Border Rally, which is being held in the town for the first time.
A scrutineering session was held in the Berriew Street car park between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., during which cars were examined for their suitability for use on public roads.
Cars undergoing scrutineering then drove to the Welshpool Livestock Market to await the start of the first phase.
Neil Rogers, of the Welsh Hill Borders Rally 2022, said yesterday: “The reason I wanted to hold the event was because I live in the area and I hope it will benefit the local community and economy as teams, marshals and officials Book accommodation, eat out and usually spend money on the spot.”
Just before the start of the rally, a drivers’ briefing was held at 1:00 p.m. to provide instructions and guidance to drivers and teams.
The first competitor is scheduled to leave the Welshpool Livestock Market at approximately 15:00 and begin Stage 1 at 15:30.
Competitors will attempt this stage twice on Friday, with the last car lining up around 6:30pm.
Teams have traveled from across the UK to take part in the event, with participants arriving from places such as Essex and Northampton.
The teams themselves range from independently funded entities to Manufacturers, a 4×4 company that takes part in the Welsh Hill Border Rally as part of a series of events they compete in across the UK.
The rally will continue throughout Saturday and Sunday, ending around 4pm on May 29th.