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Rally GB moves to North Wales
25 April 2013
Organisers of the British round of the World Rally Championship have confirmed that the event is to move to a new home in North Wales – taking it away from it's South Wales base after more than a decade.
The main service park will be based on a new site being prepared alongside the Toyota Engine Plant in Flintshire, with the ceremonial start taking place in Conwy on 14 November.
Following four days of competitive action around the Welsh forests, the event will then conclude with the finish in Llandudno on 17 November.
The full route for the event is still being finalised, although night stages are expected to feature.
“We have listened to what the teams and fans want in our determined efforts to create what we are confident will be not only one of the best rounds in the WRC but also a fitting finale to the entire 2013 world championship,” Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of rally organiser International Motor Sports, said. “South Wales has provided us with a fantastic home for Wales Rally GB since 2000 but the move to North Wales has a number of significant advantages.
“Most importantly, perhaps, we are closer to the sport's traditional heartlands, some iconic rally forests, as well as being within a short drive of some of the larger conurbations in the UK such as Liverpool, Manchester and the Midlands. Taking those factors into account, as well as our new ticket pricing policy which is designed to cater for both hardcore rally fans and a wider family audience, we are confident that the 2013 Wales Rally GB will be a highlight on the motor sport calendar.”
Full details on the route and on ticket prices will be announced in due course.