The Wales Rally GB organisers have decided to move the base for the 2013 season’s event from Cardiff to Deeside in North Wales, in what is a big change from the past decade, where the main hub has been down in South Wales. The new location will be at the Toyota Engine Plant in Deeside, Flintshire.
The rally will begin in Conwy and end in Llandudno, on Thursday, November 14th and finish in Llandudno on Sunday, November 17th. Having decided on the location of the main service park, organisers are now finalising the route, which is set to be announced in mid-May.
The restructuring of the rally has come in the wake of the announcement of an extended partnership with the Welsh Assembly Government, as well as consultation with manufacturers, teams, competitors and spectators.
It is also hoped the shift to Deeside will make the event easily accessible for a wider audience. “We have listened to what the teams and fans want in our determined efforts to create what we are confident will be not only one of the best rounds in the WRC but also a fitting finale to the entire 2013 world championship,” said Andrew Coe, chief executive of rally organiser International Motor Sports.
“South Wales has provided us with a fantastic home for Wales Rally GB since 2000, but the move to North Wales has a number of significant advantages.
“Most importantly, perhaps, we are closer to the sport’s traditional heartlands, some iconic rally forests, as well as being within a short drive of some of the larger conurbations in the UK such as Liverpool, Manchester and the Midlands.
“Taking those factors into account, as well as our new ticket pricing policy which is designed to cater for both hardcore rally fans and a wider family audience, we are confident that the 2013 Wales Rally GB will be a highlight on the motor sport calendar,” he added.