Pembrey Circuit in Wales will introduce some new track layout options for the 2017 season which includes a change to its Rallycross layout ahead of the 2017 MSA British Rallycross Championship.
Since the final event of 2016, work has gotten underway at Pembrey where recently tarmac has started being laid as track developments begin. The latest changes to the circuit will allow for two different layouts to be used over a single weekend. This was a popular move in 2016 where British RX held two events over two days that ran in opposite directions of the circuit.
Crossing the start/finish line, cars and bikes will proceed through Hatchets Hairpin, Spitfires and Dibeni before approaching the new configuration. Heading over the circuit crossing, competitors will now have a circuit option to continue straight on instead of traditionally turning left, filing into a tight left hander before rejoining the existing layout and building up both speed and momentum. Further work later this year is planned for an alternative corner sequence will be introduced down the back straight heading into the infamous Honda Curve.
Pembrey Circuit Manager Phil Davies explained the reasons behind the track upgrades. “These plans have been discussed for quite a while now so it is great to finally be able to start moving forward with them. With these new developments as part of an ongoing upgrade program, the future looks bright.” said Davies.
“The reason we looked into this idea originally was regarding the younger drivers that are making their way through the ranks. We’ve worked alongside a lot of highly experienced motorsport people and taken their ideas on board to come up with the best package for everyone.”
Rallycross will also welcome a new layout for 2017 with competitors will once again begin on the existing rallycross layout with the first change coming on the approach to the loose section. Whereas previously drivers would head over the circuit crossing and onto the loose, they will now bear left and continue on the original circuit thus giving spectators another vantage point.
Tackling the new section in reverse via a chicane, competitors will rejoin the existing rallycross track and move further round the lap to tackle the newly improved joker section – all targeted towards providing even more challenging, entertaining racing and also offering the option to be run in the opposite direction too.