Rally of Great Britain to resume partnership with WAG

Official: 'Welsh Assembly Government and International Motor Sports Limited secure agreement over the continued sponsorship of Rally of Great Britain'.
The organisers of the Rally of Great Britain have announced that an agreement has been reached with the Welsh Assembly Government that will see the partnership resume in 2010 – and assumingly see the 'Wales Rally GB' tag restored.

A statement to the media read:

"It was confirmed today (October 24), by both the Welsh Assembly Government and International Motor Sports Limited, that an agreement has been reached for the continued sponsorship of the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship by the Welsh Assembly Government.

"The Welsh Assembly Government's support for the event had been in some doubt as a result of the decision of the FIA World Motor Sport Council to include the Rally of Great Britain on the World Rally Championship only every second year.

"However, in June the FIA World Motor Sport Council confirmed Britain's round on the WRC calendar for 2010."

"When doubts emerged over the rally's status in 2010, we moved to protect our contractual position and taxpayers' money," explained Welsh Assembly Government Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones. "Now that those doubts have been removed we are delighted to continue to bring this event to Wales, with all of the benefits it has for the people and economy of Wales."

"I am pleased to confirm that we have now resumed our partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government to continue to host the event," added Alan Gow, chairman of IMS. "I'm confident that we can build on the current success of the rally and produce a truly spectacular event for the people and businesses of Wales."

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Gareth Davies

October 27, 2009 5:10 PM

Why move from Wales? We have everything a rally needs, I am sick to death of bitter people asking for it to be moved, the stages down here are by far the best. We have proper spectator sections, Sweet Lamb, Dixies, Walters Arena and there is lots of forestry here that should be used for the rally that should bu t isnt. What do they have up north? Ditches.. and boring stages, ive been up to witness the BRC before, lovely part of britain, rubbish stages though. People are turning it into a Wales v England thing which is pathetic. Hopefully they will use more of the forestry in future events and show Britain we have by far the best stages!

WRC for me - Unregistered

October 27, 2009 11:19 AM

Dave Taylor, To be fair, I parked up at Hafren at 9pm & had fu&%$ng idiots setting off fire works 3 cars away from me from 11pm until 2 am. Once they got bored or had pointlessly set off what must have been £100 woth of fireworks that no one was watching as they were trying to sleep, they sat in their vans until about 3am then started to play SNAP, IVE GOT THE POWER at full blast until my missus had enough & got out shouting at them, of course they didnt stop it for 15 more minutes to show how big and strong they were. I didnt go there to listen to that crap all night. Apologies if it wasnt you but i think if you set them off, the Police should remove you. On the stages, fine, not at night.

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