Wales Rally GB has joined forces with Toyota to launch its car livery design competition for youngsters, with the winning entry being applied to a GT86 rally car.
Once liveried, the GT86 will be displayed within the ‘Big Bang’ showcase located right at the heart of the event’s Deeside Rally Village where all the teams competing in the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship (4th-7th October 2018) will be based.
The contest is open to all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges throughout the UK – with individual entry categories for Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Winners of all four categories will be invited to the Rally Village in Flintshire where they will be presented with rally prizes courtesy of Performance Clothing and enjoy a special behind-the-scenes insight into one of the world’s most exciting and technologically advanced sports.
Last year’s winning entry was drawn by 12-year-old Rheinallt Jones from the Ysgol Gyfun Llangefni comprehensive school in Anglesey.
He saw his design officially unveiled by Ken Skates, the Welsh government’s cabinet secretary for economy and infrastructure, along with WRC star Jari-Matti Latvala.
Rheinallt not only saw his prize-winning design adorning the GT86 rally car, but was also presented with a scale model of his liveried vehicle plus an artist’s impression of his design.
Both were signed by WRC racing drivers Latvala, Juho Hänninen and Esapekka Lappi as well as team principal and four-time WRC champion Tommi Mäkinen.
The partnership with Toyota is very pertinent as the company returned to the forefront of the FIA World Rally Championship at the start of last season.
As well as this, the Rally Village is located adjacent to Toyota’s Engine Manufacturing Plant and the company has recently renewed its role as ‘official car partner’ to the event.
Toyota is also a big supporter of the well-established Big Bang exhibition which sees a number of proactive businesses motivating hundreds of students from local schools studying STEM subjects.
Students wishing to enter the livery competition can download an entry form as well as design templates and further details from either www.stemcymru.org.uk or www.walesrallygb.com via the ‘Spectators’ and ‘Big Bang’ navigation.
With a closing date of Friday 27th July, entrants have a couple of months to finalise their designs.
Full details of 2018 Dayinsure Wales Rally GB including route, timetable and ticket information can be found at: www.walesrallygb.com.