Rallycross at Pembrey Circuit is set to be bigger and better than ever before moving forward following the completion of a new track configuration - aimed at providing even closer racing and giving fans the opportunity to see more of the action trackside.
Having implemented a raft of changes in recent years at the South Wales-based venue, including a new rhythm of tarmac to provide a second track layout for cars and bikes, improvements to the rallycross course have been high on the agenda.
With trackside crowds continuing to grow, along with the sport of rallycross as a whole, careful planning has been taken to create a new track layout that will produce much more an arena atmosphere for fans spectating on the bankings - allowing them to see a majority of the action unfold in front of their eyes.
The start line, which previously was on the main pit straight, has been moved to just before the pedestrian crossing - allowing grids to form as soon as one race finishes.
From there, cars will head through Senna’s before heading into a new left-handed turn titled Toyo’s, immediately tackling the Brooklands Hairpin straight after.
Up next for competitors will be Speedway Straight which leads into the transition from tarmac to loose, tackling the challenging Carter’s Hairpin at the same time.
Using all of their skills and experience, drivers will thread their way through the next sequence of corners, some taking the joker section, before rejoining the tarmac at Ollie’s and on to start a new lap or take the chequered flag.
The same set of corners will be used when the circuit is run in the reverse direction as well; competitors turning right instead of left off of the start instead.
The new layout was trialled at the recent BTRDA Clubmans Rallycross Championship meeting in May and will be used for the two-day Too Tires MSA British Rallycross Championship event on June 23/24.
Phil Davies, Pembrey Circuit Manager, said: “Over the past few years we have done a lot of work on improving the venue from both a competitor and spectator point of view, all of which has been hugely beneficial to both.
“For some time we have been looking at what we could do to ensure that rallycross reaches new heights not only in Wales but the UK as a whole, and the changes we have now made I feel reflect that.
“Moving the start line towards the crossing and the second half of the lap firmly into the middle of the circuit not only ensures that the racing will be even closer but also that the fans can see every second of the action - especially as there is a lot of it in rallycross!
“From the racing we have already seen on the new layout, it has proved to be very popular and I’m looking forward to seeing many more races take place on it as the years goes on.
“I have to thank the hard work everyone at Pembrey has put in to ensure we take this next step, as well as Driven International for all of their technical support.”
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