Rally GB to reintroduce classic Welsh forest stages

Rally GB will reintroduce several classic Welsh forest stages and conclude on the Great Orme

Rally GB to reintroduce classic Welsh forest stages

Organiser International Motor Sports is giving Britain's World Rally Championship round a major revamp for 2013 in an attempt to revitalise its profile.

It announced a package of changes in a launch event in Llandudno on Friday.

The rally will begin with three night stages on Thursday November 14 and be based in Deeside after many years in Cardiff.

Great Orme will be used as a competitive stage for the first time since 2011, and will be the scene of the WRC finale on Sunday November 17.

Two spectator stages comparable to the stately home tests used in the nineties will be added to the itinerary. Along with Friday's Sweet Lamb, these yet-to-be-finalised stages will be designated RallyFests and host day-long entertainment in a bid to entice spectators.

IMS chief Andrew Coe is determined that the revamp restores Rally GB to its former prestige.

"We wanted to breathe fresh life into what's always been one of the world's great rallies; to create a fitting finale to the FIA World Rally Championship and to offer fans what they wanted," he said.

"I'm confident we have delivered on all three fronts."

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