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Posted by: newsla on Jul 21, 2014 - 03:34 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Thrilling World Rally Championship Action - Coming To A Town Near You!

Building on the success of last year’s Wales Rally GB – Britain’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), which moved to north Wales in 2013 – event organisers have announced a revised route for this year’s event (13-16 November), which will feature fan-friendly improvements and a more compact three-day schedule.


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The move to north Wales attracted record numbers of spectators in 2013 and organisers are anticipating even bigger crowds in November, when the world’s best rally drivers and teams will go head-to-head in the final round of the 2014 WRC.

This year’s Wales Rally GB will be fought out over 23 exhilarating Special Stages, totalling 191.27 miles (307.82 km). The majority of these are set on legendary Welsh forest rally tracks, while two stages will be held in darkness on Saturday evening, providing a real challenge for the drivers and a dramatic spectacle for fans.

The teams will be based out of the new Service Park in Deeside, which was widely-praised and proved such a success in 2013. Just 8, 17 and 43 miles from Chester, Liverpool and Manchester respectively, the Service Area is a hive of activity throughout the three days, with free admittance and a number of Wales Rally GB’s key Stages nearby. To meet the event’s spiralling popularity, plans are in place to ensure that the Service Park and stages have the best possible access for spectators coming from either side of the Anglo-Welsh border.

The itinerary on both Saturday and Sunday includes family-friendly ‘RallyFest’ stages, designed to provide families and casual rally fans with the opportunity to experience the excitement of WRC action in more accommodating surroundings, with enhanced facilities and entertainment. Meanwhile, the Thursday evening ‘Ceremonial Start’ has been moved for 2014, to the Eirias Park Stadium in Colwyn Bay – a venue that is used to hosting top class sporting events and concerts. Entry to Eirias Park will be free and will also feature the popular pre-event autograph session with the world’s leading drivers.

The dramatic high-speed action then blasts off early Friday morning. A long, challenging day in mid-Wales features runs through the well-known Gartheiniog, Dyfi, Hafren Sweet Lamb and Maesnant stages, either side of a free to access remote service in central Newtown.

Saturday’s action then moves closer to Deeside, providing easier access for weekend fans travelling from Liverpool, Manchester, the Midlands and further afield. The schedule includes two spectacular stages in the famous Clocaenog forest, morning and afternoon runs through Aberhirnant and Dyfnant, a mid-day service in Deeside and the first of the two RallyFest stages in picturesque Chirk Castle, close to Wrexham.

The Chirk Castle RallyFest proved so popular last year that the number of spectators trying to access the venue created serious traffic issues. Responding to these, the organisers have created a completely revised traffic management system, increased parking and enhanced spectator facilities to ensure a truly family-friendly experience. Admittance to this year’s RallyFest will be strictly by advanced ticket only, to help control numbers and assist planning.

The rally will conclude on Sunday with another RallyFest Stage at Kinmel Park, easily accessible from the A55, plus two challenging new stages in north Wales: Alwen and Brenig. The final run through the breathtaking scenery of Brenig is the event’s dramatic, concluding ‘Power Stage’ for which extra points are awarded. It could be the 2014 world championship title decider, too.

The eventual winners will be crowned on Mostyn Street in Llandudno, where admittance to the Finish Ceremony is open to the public and free of charge.

World Rally Passes - providing access to all 23 special stages, including the RallyFests at both Chirk Castle and Kinmel Park - are on sale priced at £99. Forest, RallyFest and individual Stage passes are also available from £20, while Wales Rally GB’s ‘Kids for a Quid’* offer is valid for children aged 9-15 (children aged 8 and under go free).

“Wales Rally GB is one of the truly great rounds on the world championship calendar,” said Ben Taylor, Managing Director of Wales Rally GB. “We are determined to build on the success of last year and ensure that this year’s rally brings the excitement to even more people.

“The 2014 event has been put together with the interests of both competitors and spectators in mind. We believe that this will provide a challenging test for the drivers and some fantastic viewing opportunities for the fans. For the first time in many years, we have two British drivers – Elfyn Evans and Kris Meeke – at the forefront of the sport, so there is every likelihood that this will one of the best ever Wales Rally GBs.”

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