Plenty of spills and thrills were had this weekend when the monumental Wales Rally GB finally roared into life after much anticipation.
In what surely must be one of the pinnacles of the sporting calendar for not only the northern region but for the whole of Wales, this event had plenty flashpoints of excitement before the first car even crossed the finishing line.
One of those names to roar onto the podium was Elfyn Evans: a Dolgellau-born racer who claimed the top spot in the event. Considering Evans has only been established since emerging from the WRC Academy last season, this feat in the WRC2 category is quite commendable.
“It feels great to win my home round,” said Evans. “Today I concentrated on driving cleanly and not doing anything silly. It has been a great learning experience with the M-Sport team and I’m grateful to them for delivering such a fantastic car.”
Although the overall winner was a foregone conclusion, Sebastian Ogier was still ecstatic when he was crowned the victor after a round of furious racing over the climes of North Wales. Another driver from the area, Mark Higgins of Powys, drifted into a comfortable 10th place overall at this great sporting occasion.
As a whole, the positives from the occasion for North wales are already pouring in. With an estimated audience of 600 million, televised landmarks such as the Great Orme will receive much-deserved exposure.
In a financial sense, the Wales Rally GB has raked in a mighty £10 million already with much of this coming from accommodation in the area providing superb places for tourists to stay. The main areas which have benefitted are Flintshire, Gwynedd, Wrexham and Conwy with many other areas set to have more visitors thanks to the event.
Residents of the regions will doubtlessly welcome rallying back for the future if it highlights what makes North Wales so special again.