RallyFest success at Cholmondeley Castle
Photos and article by Jonathan White
RallyFest returned to Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire on Saturday 28th October 2017 after its debut at the venue last year.
The event provided a family-friendly full day of thrilling entertainment for visitors of all ages.
Visitors were treated to a stunning showcase of historic rally cars from many of the sport's most exciting eras, live commentary and big screen coverage, a bicycle stunt show, supercar demonstration, Supermoto display, a catering village, trade stands, plus a host of other attractions including an autograph and selfie session with the top drivers.
Dayinsure – title sponsors of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB - also generously sponsored and organised a free Dayinsure Family Fun Village which included remote-control car racing, miniature tanks, Segways, zorbing, dart football, bouncy castles, a climbing wall, a climbing cave, bungee trampolines and a covered picnic area.
The day reached a crescendo with Stage 14 of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, which saw stars and their cars racing against the clock around the stately home's challenging 1.8km parkland asphalt track. Drivers were also required to complete a 360-degree spin around the Dayinsure Donut in the middle of their run.
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB was the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship and featured 21 stages totalling 300km (187.5 miles), with the event running almost every year since 1932.
Leading drivers Sébastien Ogier, Thierry Neuville and Ott Tänak were looking to maximise their scores at a pivotal point of the season. Stage 14 at Cholmondeley Castle was won by Thierry Neuville.
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB was won by Elfyn Evans becoming the first Briton to win the event since 2000. The result meant that Sébastien Ogier claimed his fifth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title.