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The BG800® portable steel barrier is always used with safety in mind, whether it's for motorists or a work force but generally it is used for projects on highways. When we were given a brief to supply barrier for the Wales Rally GB, we were really excited to show case how a temporary barrier can be used at events as the ideal solution to a major off-highway safety risk.

How the BG800® was used at the Wales Rally

The Dayinsure Wales Rally GB ran from 4th - 7th October, with action taking place across north Wales and Cheshire. It features the world’s best cars and drivers, as well as more than 100 rally cars.

The event Kicked off on the Thursday night, at the Visit Conwy Tir Prince Special Stage, Llandudno, where the BG800® was acting as a road barrier for rally drivers completing a host of exciting, yet potentially dangerous jumps.

Friday was spent in the North Wales forests of Brenig, Alwen and Penmachno, with Saturday seeing the BG800® moved to mid-Wales for the road section of the rally. The Sunday culmination of 4 great days saw Snowdonia rallied through, and a ceremonial finish in Llandudno town.

How was the barrier was used?

Installation of the BG800® at the rally incorporated approximately 640m of barrier at the 1st location on the Tir Prince Special Stage and 432m relocating to the 2nd location in Llandudo town centre. A huge task that we were really keen to undertake and one that we delivered to a high standard.

Why is the BG800® so great?

With its low deflection rate, the BG800® is proven to reduce damage to both vehicle and barrier during impact, minimising repair or replacement due to the extremely shallow exit angle of the barrier.

The system is fully N2 H2 compliant, has a 25-year life cycle, and its slim profile makes it cheaper and easier to transport.

What the event organisers had to say

Alun Pritchard, Partnership Manager of International Motor Sports Ltd:

“Wales Rally GB decided to go ahead with the BG800 barrier after conducting thorough research into the various systems available on the market at present. We decided to go for this particular barrier because it provided a system which gave a softer impact therefore protecting drivers as well as spectators.

The time frame for installation and removal was achievable in the limited time we had available and the cost was reduced as the length required could fit on many less wagons than concrete alternatives.

Also, the deflection zone that the barrier was rated to, wasn’t prohibitive to our spectator locations i.e. it allowed them to stand in safe positions without being too far from the action. The staff at Highway Care are always professional and look at ways to solve problems rather than using them as an excuse not to do things.”

So, where is the BG800® excelling?

Currently, the system is in place on major motorways and A-roads for projects involving roadworks including the M20, A14 and was also a staple of the Smart Motorway scheme on the M3 in 2014.

The Welsh Rally GB is also not the only petrol fuelled, high octane event that has benefitted from the safety benefits of the BG800®. In 2015 and again in 2016, the product was installed as the mainstay of safety at the Bournemouth Wheels Festival.

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