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Business Minister announces funding for 2012 Wales Rally GB

We are delighted to be able to extend our relationship with Wales for 2012, says Andrew Coe, chief executive of Wales Rally GB's organiser, International Motor Sports Limited.
As this year's Wales Rally GB - the final and deciding round of the 2011 World Rally Championship - draws to a close, Welsh Assembly Business Minister, Edwina Hart has announced a funding package of £1.4 million for the 2012 event.

Wales Rally GB, one of Wales' long standing flagship events, has been exclusively hosted in the country since 2000. Over the past decade, the rally has evolved and this year it has visited a far greater proportion of Wales than ever before.

“We are delighted to be able to extend our relationship with Wales for 2012, as we bring the event to an even greater audience and build on the success of the last decade in Wales,” said Andrew Coe, chief executive of Wales Rally GB's organiser, International Motor Sports Limited.

“This year's expanded route, which has seen the rally travel from Conwy in the north to Cardiff in the south, has seen over 160 cars entered on both the WRC round and the National event. We hope to keep bringing innovation and fresh thinking to the rally and are delighted that the Welsh Government has committed to joining us on this journey for 2012.”

The grant funding package will be made up of a guaranteed cash sum of up to £1.2 million and additional performance related payments of up to £200,000 linked to ticket sales and the generation of other commercial revenue including private sector sponsorship.

Hart will now attend the ceremonial finish presentation at Cardiff Castle today and will present the trophy to this year's Wales Rally GB winner.

“I'm pleased that we can announce this funding today and look forward to working with International Motor Sports on the 2012 event,” she added. “Wales Rally GB has the ability to engage with many communities throughout Wales during its week-long visit. The rally delivers benefits throughout Wales and has a strong tradition of involving volunteers from a wide range of groups. The organisers of Wales Rally GB have aimed to make the sport open and accessible to everyone.

“Developments such as the RallyFest events in Cardiff and north Wales are an added attraction for many. They have widened the Rally's appeal to reach beyond the motorsport enthusiast and are a welcome boost for retailers and accommodation providers at a quieter time of year.

“The value of the relationship between the staging of Wales Rally GB and Wales' automotive sector should not be underestimated. Wales Rally GB has significant links with the automotive sector in Wales, which is home to 150 component and systems manufacturing companies. It also has 30,000 people employed in automotive manufacturing, retail & maintenance, with a turnover of £3 billion annually. Wales is able to offer a wide portfolio of technology organisations and academic institutions currently working within the automotive arena.

“The rally provides an ideal platform for Wales to showcase its wide range of capabilities and technologies to the global automotive market. With the funding now in place, we can look forward to an even greater event in 2012.”



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WRC for me - Unregistered

November 14, 2011 5:19 PM

Dafyyd, its the same every year. I hired a motorhome for the event and have a few complaints. 1. Poor parking where cars were parked on both sides meaning I had to squeeze past to get out as did all the other campers and vans. 2. Fecking childish idiots playing loud music and letting off fireworks at 1AM when people are trying to sleep. 3. The Hitler marshalls "Too dangerous to stand there mate, move back" although its perfctly safe for him to stand there. 3 guys in Monument were told to move a foot as they were lent on the rope, a rally car would have taken out 5 marshals stood right by the track, 3 hay bales and scaffolding with 2 WRC cameramen on before getting to these guys. Also one Marshal faced up to a guy and his son who just wanted to cross the road at Conwy bay so much so, the guy said "Your not Police so leave me alone and let me cross" to which the "Marshal" was in his face.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

November 14, 2011 11:17 AM

Well, as a Welshman, I am proud to see that yet again Wales have provided the necessary funding for our round of the WRC The MSA spent most of its reserve budget a few years ago to make sure our event went ahead after there was a falling out with the WAG and the budget was revoked for that years event But now we have very good news in that the Budget for 2012 is in the bag and that provides security for future events I only have one gripe and that is they need to provide better organisation regarding access to car parks on the stages, I was dissapointed to be turned away from Dyfi East only to find another way in, also didnt get to Myherin thanks to the Road from Llangurig roundabout being Jammed with people trying to get into Sweet Lamb This needs to be addressed for next years event !



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