Colin McCrae, Petter Solberg and Richard Burns are to name but a few of the professional legends who have driven the iconic forest stages here at The Forest Experience. Now, teams still choose to come to our venue because of the unique opportunity and challenge it presents. The likes of the world famous Marcus Gronholm and current British Rally winner Ollie Mellors have used the venue for developing the Proton R5 as well as up and coming talent Osian Pryce, Tom Williams and current BRC Champion, Matt Edwards, for driver development and car set up. Ross Leach of RJW Experiences took over The Forest Experience, formerly the Higgins Rally School, in 2016. Ross Leach, owner and current competitor, strives to create a platform of development within rallying and to also engage and invite newcomers to the sport.
He and his team have taken great care over the last four years improving the various courses (available for drivers of all levels) to maximise driving time at a competitive price. The key attraction for new-comers is that the Forest Experience is the only Rally School venue with real Forest Rally Stages. The team have taken time to cultivate the quality of the stage for Motorsport competitors testing and customers doing a course. “The stage has to replicate competitor roads across the UK and abroad so people can confidently test and develop their Rally cars. From 1400 Corsa’s to 400bhp WRC cars, I can confidently say it can accommodate for all.”
The proof is there with top UK and International teams using the venue.
Drivers can benefit by increasing their car-control skills and have found it “as valuable as testing on ice in Sweden”.
The Gribyn forest in which the school runs, is based in Carno; a rural town in Mid Wales just over 10 miles from Newtown. Carno is not only a perfect location for a Rally test venue, but private for Motorsport teams who want to test in peace, away from prying eyes. Customers visiting the school for an Experience Course enjoy the “adventure feel” traveling from busy towns or cities to the secluded and rural area.
Here at The Forest Experience, all we can promise it that you will enjoy every moment of the challenging and enticing stage and not everyone can say that they have driven on the same piece of road as Colin McCrae.-
As a Customer on an Experience Course, What Can I Expect?
At Forest Experience we don’t sit you in a class room for hours, we do a short but valuable safety briefing and get you in the car as quickly as we can. You are in the driving seat – literally – from the moment you turn the key. All of the driving is done within our picturesque and challenging forest.
We use iconic rally cars including the classic RS2000 Mk2 Escort and the iconic Subaru Impreza prepared by internationally renowned motorsport company GJM.
When you come to us, you do all the driving and are under the instruction of an experienced rally driver. We will put you through your paces and teach you car control skills such as handbrake turns, power slides and fast corner exit speeds. All our experiences make use of our famous 2 mile forest loop, where Petter Solberg has the record, and the spectator bowl area. This is where you will get to grips with the car learning techniques such as handbrake turns and power sliding. If you go for a silver or higher course you will also get to use differing and more challenging stages within our forest.
experiences finish with a competition between the participants over a pre-set course where the fastest driver on the day takes home the coveted winner’s trophy.
Once you’ve done your best time for the day there is an opportunity (for only £30 extra) to have your instructor for the day drive you at thrilling speeds - the only time you will be in the passenger seat - and you will see just how fast you can really can go on gravel around our forest stage.
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