POLICE issued a warning to Wales Rally GB racers following complaints over their "manner of driving" on public roads.

North Wales Police said it is cooperating with Wales Rally GB organisers following a number of reports against the driving of competitors.

The high-speed event has designated routes which are closed off from the public, however drivers must use public roads to travel between different stages.

A North Wales Police spokesperson said all motorists must abide by "the rules of the road".

"We're receiving complaints regarding the manner of driving of some Wales Rally GB competitors and are liaising with the organisers," the police spokesperson said.

"Police officers are out and about. This is a reminder that all drivers need to adhere to the rules of the road."

A Wales Rally GB spokesperson said organisers were not aware of any incidents of poor driving.

"We have had no specific incidents of poor driving by competitors have been reported to the rally organisers, though the police warning has been conveyed to all those taking part in the event whether entrants or spectators," they said.

"There is no need for competitors to rush on the non-competitive public sections between the speed tests in the forests as they only have to average 30mph to stay on schedule. It goes without saying that if incidents are reported to the organisers appropriate action will be taken. And the drivers are fully aware of that.

"The mantra for this year’s Wales Rally GB is #RESPECT and that’s a message we are preaching to all those involved where its respecting local communities, the thousands of volunteers or, indeed, the Highway Code."

Rally fans responded to the police social media post with mixed reaction.

One person said: "I’ve followed them on the road section today and they’ve been driving perfectly safe."

Another said they had seen rally car drivers "driving really dangerous".

Another tweeted: "I’ve seen loads of them today driving past our place. They really were respecting locals and the speed limits."