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Wales Rally GB moves to North Wales

25 Apr 2013

  • New base for the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship
  • HQ on Deeside with ceremonies in Conwy and Llandudno

The 2013 Wales Rally GB (14-17 November) will feature a new home in North Wales and an exciting new competitive route – both reinforcing the legendary event’s position as one of the most challenging and attractive on the FIA World Rally Championship calendar.

This comprehensive revitalisation comes after the announcement of an extended partnership with the Welsh Government and as a result ofwide-scale consultation with manufacturers, teams, competitors and spectators.

Having been based in South Wales since 2000, the world championship event now moves to North Wales. Highlighting the automotive industry’s importance to the Welsh economy, the rally’s Headquarters and central Service Park will be located on a new site being prepared alongside the Toyota Engine Plant on Deeside in Flintshire. The event’s ceremonial start will be hosted in Conwy on the Thursday evening with the finishing line celebrations in neighbouring Llandudno on Sunday afternoon.

Four-days of competitive action will feature a more compact route with the majority of the timed Special Stages set in the classic Welsh forests. Adding to the overall appeal both night and family-friendly spectator stages are being reintroduced into the itinerary and fans will be offered a wider range of tickets at significantly lower prices than before. Full ticket details will be announced when the final route is confirmed but the pricing structure is being radically changed to cater for both traditional rally enthusiasts in the forests and new audiences expecting additional facilities. 

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