RHYL petrolhead students have been left feeling "ecstatic" after being allowed to help officiate the Wales Rally GB.

Among those shepherding the thousands of eager visitors to Llandudno earlier this month, 10 Coleg Llandrillo Motor Vehicle students from the college’s Rhyl campus got under the hood of the high profile sporting event in a variety of tasks.

The students got their chance to help run the event as part of the innovative ‘Rally Makers’ scheme, an integral part of the 2019 World Rally Championship.

One of the Centre for Automotive Technology students’ tutors, Stuart Frost, who is a former rally driver, said: “This was an amazing opportunity for the students to be directly involved in one of the world’s top sporting events.

They have all excelled in their course work and thoroughly deserved this opportunity to shine."

The ‘Rally Makers’ took on a wide variety of roles over the four days, from welcoming fans, through selling programmes, to providing advice on the best locations to view the spectacular high-speed action.

One of the students donned a giant' Marshal the Lion costume, much to the amusement of fellow students and rally fans alike.

As well as helping to further enhance the spectator experience at this year’s event - which took place from October 3 – 6 across North Wales, mid Wales and Cheshire - the students officiated at the Oulton Park stage on the first day of competition, as well as the Colwyn Bay stage and the ceremonial finish in Llandudno.