Outline route confirmed for Wales Rally GB 2013

Wales Rally GB 2013 to be made up of 24 competitive stages culminating with the Great Orme
Organisers of the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship confirmed the outline route today for the 2013 event.

Following news last month that it will move to a new base in North Wales [see separate story], it has now been announced that the 2013 Wales Rally GB will include 24 stages in total, more than half of which are said to be either 'totally new or haven't been featured in the WRC since the 1990s'.

As part of that there will be three night stages in Snowdonia on the Thursday, and in addition, two family-oriented spectator stages, one to run on Saturday and the other on the Sunday, will be introduced. The event will conclude with a blast around the Great Orme early on Sunday afternoon [Click here for the full provisional itinerary].

The details were announced at a special event at Venue Cymru, Llandudno, hosted by Andrew Coe, chief executive of International Motor Sports (IMS), with Welsh Economy minister Edwina Hart.

Coe also revealed a revised ticketing structure. Prices of adult admittance to individual forest stages has been reduced to £15 (from £20 in 2012) while Day Passes have been re-introduced providing multiple stage access for just £33. IMS is also extending its 'Kids for a Quid' scheme providing those aged between 9-15 years old with a four-day ticket giving access to all 24 stages for just £1. Those aged 8 and under are admitted free. These remaining tickets will go on sale on Friday 7 June.

“Following our key new agreement with the Welsh Government, we had three major objectives,” explained Coe. “We wanted to breathe fresh life into what's always been one of the World's great rallies; to create a fitting finale to the FIA World Rally Championship and to offer fans what they wanted. I'm confident we have delivered on all three fronts.”

“The new base in Deeside and North Wales has allowed us to put together what's almost an entirely new event maximising some of the classic Welsh forest stages and introducing more family-friendly spectator stages. The re-introduction of night stages and the Great Orme will add to the challenge and spectacle while our totally revised ticketing policy offers increased flexibility as well as real value for money. Britain has always staged one of the truly great rounds on the World Championship calendar and the new-look Wales Rally GB will enhance the event's global reputation.”

Meanwhile, it was also announced that two shorter National Rallies will run alongside Wales Rally GB offering amateur competitors the chance to compete on the same stages and use the same Service Park as the WRC contenders.

IMS will also offer a special deal for UK crews keen to enter the main international event. Crews with British passports plus MSA competition licences will benefit from a discounted £1500 entry fee, reduced from the standard £2600.

Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport Edwina Hart said the event could expect an enthusiastic welcome in North Wales.

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Wales Rally GB 2013 route
Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of IMS joins Edwina Hart, Minister for the Economy, Science and Transport to announce exciting new plans for Wales Rally GB at Venue Cymru in Llandudno [Pic credit: Phil Rees]

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May 17, 2013 5:14 PM

This has been coming for a while and is as has been said is exactly what the Rally needs to finally breathe life back into it The Big plus for me is no more Micky mouse Saturdays, instead we now have proper Gravel stages on Saturday, and finally we have 3 stages run in complete Darkness to start the party off, I always thought this was the best part of doing the RAC rally as a Driver, and is the part i enjoyed driving the most The Stages are Exciting and are of Top Quality, its a bit sad that i wont be doing them as a driver, but I will definatety be out on all 4 days as a Spectator, im sure there will be a lot more crews entered and a lot more spectators out watching this year

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