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Thursday, 18 November, 1999, 16:31 GMT
British Rally route and maps

The event covers a total of almost 1,157 miles, with 239 of those on 22 timed special stages in England and Wales.

Leg 1
Sun 21 Nov (22.2m)
Map at top of page

Sundays on the British event are known as "Mickey Mouse" stages although they have been toughened up in recent years.

Richard Burns enjoys the glory after winning in 1998
Gone are the days when the tests were all-tarmac affairs, and at least half the mileage on each stage is over gravel.

But this is still a day for the benefit of those fans unwilling to drive all the way into the forests, or even to leave their armchairs.

The televised stage gives enthusiasts the chance to see live coverage but the ultimate winner is more a matter of pride than ultimate glory.

You cannot win the rally on day one, but last year world champion Tommi Makinen proved you can certainly lose it, when he hit a patch of oil and then a concrete block on one innocuous-looking bend.

All GMT for leading car

Start: Cheltenham Racecourse 0827
SS1 Cheltenham 1 (1.5m) 0830
SS2 Cornbury Park (2.5m) 0945
SS3 Silverstone 1 (6m) 1116
SS4 Silverstone 2 (6m) 1129
Service: Silverstone 1145
SS5 Blenheim Palace (3.5m) 1340
SS6 Silverstone SuperSpecial (1.2m) 1438
SS7 Cheltenham 2 (1.5m) 1725
Service: Cheltenham Racecourse 1743
End of leg: Cheltenham Racecourse 1842

Leg 2
Mon 22 Nov (72.5m)

An early start for the leaders and a dawn raid into mid-Wales after Sunday's comparatively pedestrian affair.

If British rallying has a Wembley or a Wimbledon, or in this part of the world, a Millennium Stadium, then it is here.

Sweet Lamb and Myherin are names evocative for the hardy rally fans, and many will line the fast sweeping curves, awaiting the smell of hot oil and the spray of gravel as the cars drive past at higher-than-motorway speeds.

Thousands more will surround the hairpin bends which provide the highest drama, particularly in the unique night-time atmosphere of the later stages.


Start: Cheltenham Racecourse 0515
Service: Hereford 0631
SS8 Radnor (14.5m) 0739
Service: Builth Wells 0846
SS9 Crychan (10.5m) 1003
SS10 Esgair Dafydd (5.5m) 1040
SS11 Tywi (13.5m) 1138
Service: Builth Wells 1309
SS12 Sweet Lamb 1 (16m) 1425
SS13 Myherin 1 (10m) 1509
Service: Builth Wells 1721
SS14 Sweet Lamb 2 (16m) 1807
SS15 Myherin 2 (10.5m) 1851
Service: Builth Wells 2023
End: Cheltenham Racecourse 2304

Leg 3
Tues 23 Nov (120m)

This area has become a favourite for the event in recent years, as the organisers reject the lengthy motorway mileage to the north in favour of a second day in Wales.

And while some rallies have relatively easy final days, this is a real sting in the tail.

The longest single leg, it also contains the five lengthiest special stages, including the longest - a 27.5 mile test at Resolfen.


Start: Cheltenham Racecourse 0515
Service: Cardiff 0645
SS16 St Gwynno (8.50 miles) 0729
SS17 Tyle (6.5m) 0756
SS18 Rhondda (22.5m) 0832
Service I: Neath 0954
SS19 Rheola 1 (19m) 1041
Service: Neath 1155
SS20 Resolfen (27.5m) 1231
Service: Neath 1352
SS21 Rheola 2 (19m) 1439
SS22 Margam (17m) 1557
Service: Bridgend 1652
End of rally: Cheltenham Racecourse 1915

BBC television coverage

All programmes on BBC Two, times all GMT

Sunday 21 November
1335 live action
2000 highlights

Monday 22 November
2000 highlights

Tuesday 23 November
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