New four-day route for Rally GB

Wales Rally GB 2011 to include a new central service at Builth Wells as well as forays into the classic forest stages of North and Mid Wales.

Wales Rally GB, Britain's round of the World Rally Championship, will visit a far greater proportion of Wales this November, with four days of action planned, it has been announced today.

The event will kick off on Thursday, November 10 in Llandudno, where two stages on the Great Orme Toll road – last used on the Lombard RAC Rally in 1981 – and one at Clocaenog – last used on the Network Q RAC Rally in 1996 – will make up the competitive mileage for the first day. An opening ceremony will take place outside the picturesque castle in Conwy in the early evening.

Friday will begin with an early morning start and the three stages in Dyfi Forest – first used on the 1961 Rally of Great Britain – before heading to Dyfnant Forest, south of Lake Vyrnwy and onto the RWAS showground for midday service. The loop will be repeated in the afternoon.

On Saturday, November 12, the event moves on to the much-loved stages in Hafren, Sweet Lamb and Myherin, before a repeat loop in the afternoon. The day will finish with a special stage in Cardiff Bay.

Sunday will bring the 1,850 kilometre event – and the 13-round in the 2011 WRC – to a close. Six stages in total – including the FIA WRC 'Power Stage' which will be televised live – will be based around Epynt, centering on the Halfway, Crychan and Monument timed stages. Surviving competitors will then head to Cardiff for the ceremonial finish in Cardiff Bay.

Andrew Coe, chief executive of Wales Rally GB's organiser, International Motor Sports Limited, is thrilled with the new route.

“It has always been a firm commitment of Wales Rally GB to innovate and bring new thinking to the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship,” he said. “And, we are doing that this year by visiting a far larger part of Wales, as well as some of the most iconic stages in rallying history.

“For 2011, we have tried hard to break the mould and give the event a fresh, re-invigorated approach. There is an extremely strong relationship between us and the Welsh Assembly Government and, as a team, they were supportive of our desire to take the event to the north of Wales.”

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society's (RWAS) permanent showground in Builth Wells, Powys meanwhile will be home for the main undercover service area, organisers added.

The RWAS showground will also play host to the pre-event shakedown on Wednesday, November 9.

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Taz - Unregistered

April 11, 2011 10:56 PM

It's not rally GB...it's just stages in Wales. Killer Kielder etc would be nice, spectated in Hafren and it's great but just running stages in Wales sucks.

StratosFever - Unregistered

April 11, 2011 11:05 PM

I've been a huge critic of the event, and the organisers - and well deserved as well. At least this is a start, hopefully, Dyfi, Dyfnant, Clocaenog all back after 10-15 years. It's a lot better than I was expecting - it's still a cloverleaf format however, and while the Welsh Assembly are sponsoring it, I'm afraid it's going to stay in Wales - which isn't good. It needs to be based in England for it to be classed as a National event, and not a Welsh one. Please, get it back to Chester! One thing i have noticed - the huge road mileage - not sure that's going to go down well with the teams.

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