Tickets for this year's Wales Rally GB have gone on sale today [Thursday] to coincide with the official media launch, which took place in Cardiff - the home of what is the final round in this year's World Rally Championship.

A statement to the media read:

"Once again ticket prices remain low, starting from just ?1 and organisers have created a number of attractive ticket offers which will appeal to dedicated fans, first-time rally goers and families alike, for the event which is being held from 4-7 December.

"For 2008 one of the biggest discounts is on tickets for children, with the new 'kid for a quid' initiative. This applies to upper tier Millennium Stadium seats as well as entry to the service park in Swansea. This ensures this world-class event is an affordable option for families; a rare phenomenon in the sporting world.

"The Saturday evening special stage inside the Millennium Stadium promises to be the ultimate spectator experience, boasting international rally stars, a world-class stadium and full entertainment package.

"The evening will begin at 5pm with an hour long family orientated entertainment package prior to the competitive rally stage. Tickets will be available on the day but huge savings of up to ?10 per ticket can be made if purchased in advance - a family of four can attend from just ?28.

"The World Rally Pass - which allows access to Shakedown on Thursday, all forest stage car parks on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the Service Park in Swansea on all four days - still represents the best value for money for those wanting to enjoy the whole event. The cost remains the same as last year - ?90 for an adult and ?45 for a child. This year if purchased in advance - before August 1- adult spectators will save ?10 (children ?5) and receive a voucher to save 10 per cent off official rally merchandise.

"Day Passes will be available for each of the four days, starting at ?15 for an adult and ?5 for a child. All must be purchased in advance, although the Thursday Day Pass can also be bought on the day at the Service Park in Swansea. In addition all adult tickets purchased in advance come with a comprehensive, full colour official programme worth ?8.50."

"I am delighted with our ticket offering to spectators for this year's event," said Andrew Coe, chief executive of event organiser International Motor Sports (IMS) Ltd. "We have worked hard to keep prices reasonable and continue to attract spectators to Wales Rally GB, one of the world-leading sporting events that we are lucky enough to host here in the UK.

"This year's ticket offers, particularly the child tickets for ?1, give families the chance to enjoy a world-class sporting event at the Millennium Stadium for an affordable price. To get the most out of our ticket offers make sure you purchase tickets in advance."

To book tickets for Wales Rally GB visit www.walesrallygb.com or call the booking line on: 0844 847 2251.