Charity Rally Forum Event Another Huge Success
9th November 2016
The annual Charity Rally Forum Event took place on Wednesday the 26th of October, with Dragon2000 sponsoring the event for a second year in succession.
Held at Chester Racecourse this year, home of Colin McRae’s infamous 1995 WRC victory, the Charity Rally Forum is part of a number of events that helped to make up Chester Rally Week, a 5-day programme which marked the start of the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, this year’s penultimate round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship.
As well as being a night for rally fans and enthusiasts alike, the event also aims to raise money for worthwhile causes, with over £18,000 having been raised in recent years for various chosen charities.
Charity Rally Forum evening
This year, the charities involved were the North West Air Ambulance and the Down Syndrome Association, and with the support of Dragon2000 and the 300 in attendance who were invited to bid for various items of merchandise, the event was able to raise nearly £4,000 for the chosen charities.
As well as an auction, those who bought a ticket for the event were treated to guest appearances from a whole host of household names from within the sport, including current FIA world champion Sebastin Ogier, Ford M-Sport boss Malcom Wilson, current local hero Kris Meeke and Irish rally driver Craig Breen. Citroen WRC drivers Meeke and Breen are pictured at the top of this article being interviewed during the Charity Rally Forum evening.
The big story from the night come from four-time world champion Sebastian Ogier, who revealed that not only was he very close to signing for M-Sport and their team boss Wilson in the past, but that he was ‘unsure what the future held’ when he was pressed on whether or not he would ever make the move to Ford. The announcement over the last few days that his current team VW are set to exit the World Rally Championship (WRC) has only increased speculation that he could yet make the switch. See Ogier and Wilson discuss their past talks and the prospect of a future move.
Dragon2000 present during the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
During the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB itself, which started the day after the forum event, Ogier claimed yet another victory, finishing 10.2 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, Estonian driver Ott Tanak. The victory increases his lead at the top of the FIA Drivers’ Standings to a staggering 104 points, with just next month’s race in Australia to go.
As always, the Charity Rally Forum Event proved to be a huge success and we were once again delighted to play our part in supporting the event and its chosen charities.