TRIBUTE TO PANDEMIC’S KEY WORKERS WINS SCHOOLS COMPETITION TO DESIGN A RALLY CAR LIVERY
- Cardiff student victorious in UK schools and colleges competition
- Topical design honours teachers, nurses, police, construction and retail workers
- Winning livery to be applied to Toyota’s new WRC-inspired GR Yaris
- Championship leader Elfyn Evans to reveal liveried car post at this weekend’s WRC title decider in Italy
The winner of this year’s ‘Design a Rally Car Livery’ competition is a highly topical entry honouring the selfless and essential work undertaken by key workers during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.
Organised by Wales Rally GB in partnership with Toyota (GB) and open to all pre-university students throughout the UK, this year’s initiative attracted a significant number of high quality entries, many completed by those looking for some inspiration while studying at home during the lockdown period.
After careful consideration, the judging panel selected 16-year-old Alice Goodliffe from Ysgol Uwchradd, a comprehensive secondary school in Plasmawr in Cardiff, as the overall winner. Her design will now be bought to life as a wrap on one of Toyota’s new rally-inspired GR Yaris models.
Alice’s design includes a facemask over the Yaris’s bonnet, while other details such as a rainbow and daffodils – the national flower of Wales – represent the NHS as well as a symbolic sign of spring and joy.
“I am over the moon to have won this competition, it was lovely to receive some positive news during such difficult times,” said Alice on hearing that her livery design had been chosen as the winner. “I wanted my design to reflect all the hard work that our key workers have done during the pandemic and to show a token of appreciation for them. As a family we are keen supporters of Wales Rally GB and are so disappointed that it was unable to take place this year.”
The UK’s long-standing round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB is one of many major international sporting events to have been cancelled as a result of the global pandemic. However, bringing some cheer to UK rally fans, Welsh Toyota Gazoo Racing World Rally Team driver Elfyn Evans tops the points table heading into this weekend’s title decider in northern Italy.
“While deeply disappointed that we were unable to bring the excitement of the World Rally Championship to the UK this year, we are pleased that our livery competition, run in conjunction with Toyota (GB) for the fourth year in succession, has once again inspired so many young fans of the sport with a creative platform to showcase their passion and skills,” said Hugh Chambers, Chief Executive of Motorsport UK, organiser of Wales Rally GB. “Combining the current challenges with hope for the future, Alice’s design is a worthy winner and we are now all looking forward to seeing it applied to a GR Yaris – the showroom version of Elfyn’s incredible WRC rally winner.”
Government guidelines permitting, Evans will reveal the liveried GR Yaris next week at a venue to be announced in north Wales.
Scott Brownlee, Toyota (GB) head of PR and Social Media said: “We were really impressed by the quality and originality of this year’s entries. Alice’s design was beautifully executed and recognises the invaluable role played by essential workers this year. We can’t wait to see the design applied to our new GR Yaris.”
Others buoyed by her success include Headteacher, John Hayes. “Everyone at Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr is delighted with Alice’s success in winning the design competition for Elfyn Evans’s car,” he enthused. “The design is modern, vibrant, attractive, contemporary and Welsh and I hope that Elfyn is also pleased with her colour scheme. Best wishes to Elfyn in his aim in becoming World Rally Champion – as a Welsh school we are particularly proud of his achievements”.
About Wales Rally GB: Since its inception in 1932, the International Rally of Great Britain has been run 75 times. Enforced stoppages have included World War 2, Suez Crisis (1957), Foot and Mouth (1967) and, now, COVID-19 pandemic (2020). It is one of only two events (along with Finland) to have retained its status as both a qualifying and scoring round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) since the championship was established in 1973.
Wales Rally GB was the UK round of this year’s WRC and was to have been organised and promoted by Motorsport UK, the sole national governing body for four-wheel motor sport in the UK. Branded as Wales Rally GB since 2003 when the Welsh Government became the principal funding partner, the rally was based out of a central Rally Village in Deeside from 2013-2018 with competitive stages throughout north and mid Wales. The 2019 event saw the Service Park move to Llandudno in Conwy County.