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Rally GB route set for changes in 2014 to fit new WRC format

Sebastien Ogier, VW, GB WRC 2013

The route for Rally GB 2014 is set to feature significant changes, AUTOSPORT understands, when it is revealed next week.

The itinerary for Rally GB has to be filed with the FIA for approval by June 10 and it is believed it will be missing the night stages and the Great Orme test that featured last year.

Rally GB organisers have been working towards a more compact route to fit the WRC Promoter firm's desire for ceremonial starts on Thursday evenings and a Powerstage at midday on Sunday.

That format change is believed to be the reason for sacrificing the three forest stages that ran in the dark in 2013.

A new Powerstage is being proposed on the Brenig stage close to the Clocaenog complex, which would mean a spectacular season finale with the crews finishing the year on the shores of Llyn Brenig.

The opening day of action is expected to run as a combination of days one and two from last year, with Hafren, Dyfi and Gartheiniog all included.

Days two and three on the November 13-16 rally will run in North Wales, through Clocaenog, Aberhirnant (known as Penllyn last year) and Dyfnant.

Stately home stages in Chirk Castle and Kinmel Bay will remain, while the quayside redevelopment of Conwy Castle has forced a move for the ceremonial start to Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay.

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