Rally GB to improve superspecial

Next year's Cardiff Bay superspecial stage on Rally GB will be bigger and better, according to chief executive Andrew Coe

Rally GB to improve superspecial

The stage, which ran along the Cardiff barrage, was used for the first time on last week's Rally GB. Capacity was limited to just under 4,000 people for the 1.05-mile test, but that is expected to rise next season.

"We took the decision to give people the best view, we would only allow it to be, essentially, three people deep along the length of the stage," said Coe. "We need to work on increasing the capacity and that's something we're already looking at.

"There's definitely room for development of the Cardiff Bay stage. The beauty is that the whole docks area of Cardiff Bay is private land and there's so much asphalt available - so we can make the stage longer."

Coe added that bringing the stage event closer to the service park is something the organisers are considering. The two were a half-mile walk apart this year.

"It's a convenience thing, isn't it?" he said. "Getting closer to all of the people in the service park is something we will also be looking at for next year. But, for the first time, I thought it went very well.

"I don't know of another WRC round which has a stage so close as this one, other than a stadium stage. And, from what the drivers have said, drivers like Ken Block, this is actually quite a fun stage."

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