Rally GB confirms 2012 route
|By David Evans||Friday, May 11th 2012, 11:13 GMT|
Organisers of Rally GB have confirmed the route for Britain's round of the World Rally Championship.
As predicted by AUTOSPORT, the itinerary includes a first ever visit to the Celtic Manor hotel, where a superspecial stage will be run on the second evening of the event. The central service will return to Cardiff, with a remote service held in Newtown on Friday lunchtime.
The qualifying stage runs in Walters Arena in south Wales on Wednesday September 12, before the ceremonial start in Llandudno on the north coast the following evening.
Friday will be a tough, top-to-bottom drive through the country, including stages in Dyfnant, Hafren (including Sweet Lamb) and Myherin - all run twice before arriving in Cardiff later that night.
Saturday and Sunday are slightly easier days running out of central service in Cardiff, with Crychan, Epynt and Halfway confirmed for day two and Port Talbot (formerly known as Margam Park), Rheola and Walters Arena (which will be the powerstage) on the final day.
Rally GB chief executive Andrew Coe said: "In such a pivotal year for Britain and its role as a venue for world-class sport, it's a real privilege to be able to take Wales Rally GB to Celtic Manor Resort this year, as well as continue last year's initiative of delivering a truly pan-Welsh route.
"We made huge strides forward last year in terms of embracing the whole of Wales with our route and we have tried hard to build on that this year, while also bringing more innovation and fresh-thinking to the event."
Wednesday September 12
Qualifying Stage - Walters Arena 1400
Thursday September 13
Ceremonial start Llandudno 1900
Friday September 14
SS1 Dyfnant 1 (12.72 miles) 0813
SS2 Hafren 1 (15.45 miles) 0938
SS3 Myherin 1 (17.32 miles) 1019
Remote service Newtown 1143
SS4 Dyfnant 2 (12.72 miles) 1313
SS5 Hafren 2 (15.45 miles) 1438
SS6 Myherin 2 (17.32 miles) 1519
Service Cardiff 1914
Saturday September 15
SS7 Crychan 1 (12.15 miles) 0900
SS8 Epynt 1 (5.28 miles) 0940
SS9 Halfway 1 (11.41 miles) 1009
Service Cardiff 1223
SS10 Crychan 2 (12.15 miles) 1518
SS11 Epynt 2 (5.28 miles) 1556
SS12 Halfway 2 (11.41 miles) 1625
SS13 Celtic Manor (1.86 miles) 1834
Service Cardiff 1915
Sunday September 16
SS14 Port Talbot 1 (10.68 miles) 0721
SS15 Rheola 1 (5.46 miles) 0821
SS16 Walters Arena 1 (9.25 miles) 0839
Service Cardiff 1019
SS17 Port Talbot 2 (10.68 miles) 1205
SS18 Rheola 2 (5.46 miles) 1305
SS19 Walters Arena 2 (9.25 miles) 1323
Finish Cardiff 1503