Rally GB, pic by Bob Bob - creative commons licence

Cholmondeley Castle near Nantwich is to host a leg of 2016 Rally GB – the first time it’s been to England since 1999.

Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship has just been held in Wales in recent years.

But picturesque stately home Cholmondeley Castle, near Nantwich, will play host to the race between October 27-30, replacing Chirk Castle.

Rally GB organisers have wanted to cross the border for some time and the negotiation of a new three-year deal which begins in 2016 paved the way.

Cholmondeley is already home to the annual Pageant of Power and CarFest events, coping with tens of thousands of visitors.

Other changes have been made to meet an FIA requirement for more than 25 per cent of a rally’s total route to be competitive mileage.

Route co-ordinator Andrew Kellitt said: “The rule was quite a big ask, but the way to do it was to go out to an area and stay there, extracting the maximum possible mileage before coming back to service.”

The start and finish venues have been changed, with Thursday night opening ceremony starting at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.

The finish returns to Llandudno.

The October 27-30 event will be known as the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, as part of a single-season agreement with the insurance firm.

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