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Rally GB confirms 2012 route

Rally GB confirms 2012 routeOrganisers 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."

The itinerary:

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

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