Organisers of Wales Rally GB have finalised the itinerary for the 2013 running of the event when it makes the move to North Wales later this year.
Following the ceremonial start in Conwy on Thursday 14 November, the event will get underway that evening with thee night-time stages in Snowdonia, as the tests in Gwydyr, Penmachno and Clocaenog all return to the event for the first time in more than 15 years.
After an overnight stop at the rally base in Deeside, Friday sees the crews back on more familiar ground tackling two runs through Hafren, Sweet Lamb and Myherin special stages either side of a remote service in Newtown.
Saturday's stages are set slightly further north closer to Dolgellau starting with two blasts through Gartheiniog and Dyfi forests. Crews then return to Deeside, first via another 13-mile classic Welsh forest stage in Dyfnant and finally taking in the first of two new spectator stages set against the dramatic backdrop of Chirk Castle.
Sunday's itinerary en route to the grand finale on the Great Orme sees second runs through both Dyfnant and Clocaenog forests – the latter being the Power Stage – plus a first visit to Penllyn.
The route back to Llandudno for the finish also features the second of the re-introduced short spectator stages, this time set in the grounds of Kinmel Park near Abergele in Conwy.
In total, the confirmed four-day Wales Rally GB route adds up to 22 timed special stages and 196-miles (316kms) of competitive action.
“A massive amount of work has gone into moving the event to North Wales but we're confident the final result is both worthy of all these efforts and a fitting finale to this year's FIA World Rally Championship,” Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of event organiser International Motor Sports, said. “We have a well positioned new base in Deeside, great start and finishing locations in Conwy and Llandudno plus the re-introduction of a number of legendary Welsh forest stages which will appeal to both competitors and hardcore rally fans.
“On top of that we have found two exciting new venues at Chirk Castle and Kinmel Park close to major road networks that will I'm sure help us to attract a whole new generation of rally followers.”