The prestigious FIA World Rally Championship will be based in North Wales from the 14th – 17th November.
The final round of this year’s WRC will have its Headquarters and Central Service Park based at a new site located alongside the Toyota Engine Plant at Deeside with a ceremonial start in Conwy and finish in Llandudno.
The bond between Wales Rally GB and Welsh educational establishments has been further strengthened following confirmation that official scrutineering for the final round of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship will be performed at Coleg Cambria Deeside.
A spectacular Ceremonial Start at Conwy Quay on Thursday early evening will be followed by the reintroduction of challenging night stages in Snowdonia – three tricky timed special stages – Gwydyr, Penmachno and Clocaenog – in darkness on Thursday, none of which has featured on the rally route for more than 15 years, before the teams return to the Deeside Service Park overnight.
Friday sees the crews back on more familiar ground tackling two runs through Hafren, Sweet Lamb and Myherin special stages either side of a remote service in Newtown where the public can watch the highly trained technicians preparing the state-of-the-art rally cars for further high speed competition.
Saturday’s stages are set slightly further north closer to Dolgellau starting with two blasts through Gartheiniog and Dyfi forests (the latter restored to its full 13.4-miles length for the first time since 1998). A mid-morning regroup at the Corris Craft Centre on the A487 will provide the public with another great opportunity to see the world’s top rally drivers and cars up close.
The teams then return to Deeside, first via another 13-mile classic Welsh forest stage in Dyfnant and finally taking in the first of two new spectator stages set against the dramatic backdrop of Chirk Castle, which dates back to 1295 and is now in the ownership of the National Trust. Located close to the A5 near Wrexham, Chirk will be easily accessible for spectators from both sides of the border.
Sunday’s itinerary en route to the grand finale on the Great Orme sees second runs through both Dyfnant and Clocaenog forests – the latter being the official Power Stage where extra championship points are awarded – plus a first visit to Penllyn near Bala, another stage making a welcome return, this time for its first inclusion since 1991 (access to Penllyn will be for World Rally Pass holders only on a strictly first come, first served basis due the extremely limited amount of spectator parking available at this stage).
The route back to Llandudno also features the second of the reintroduced short spectator stages, this time set in the grounds of Kinmel Park close to the A55 near Abergele in Conwy before the Ceremonial Finish in Llandudno, following a dramatic final competitive timed section on the Great Orme.
Link to officoal website – see below