Wales GB Rally 2013 - 14 to 17 November
The Wales Rally GB will have a new base for 2013 in Deeside, North-East Wales and will feature the return of some classic Welsh forest stages in Snowdonia, one of which hasn't been included since the 1960s. The itinerary for this year features 24 competitive stages, more than half of which are either totally new or haven’t been featured in the World Championship since the Nineties.
The event will kick off on Thursday 14 November with a start ceremony in Conwy on the North Wales coast. That evening, in darkness, crews will tackle three stages in Snowdonia and Denbighshire - Gwydyr (which was last used in the 1960s), Penmachno and Clocaenog which last formed part of the rally in 1996. Friday’s itinerary takes the crews to a trio of modern Wales Rally GB stages. The roads of Myherin, Sweet Lamb and Hafren were included in the 2012 event, but their format will be modified slightly this year; the day will feature a remote service at Newtown.
The stages for Saturday 16th are a mix of the old and new, with Penllyn (last used in 1991), Dyfi (restored to full length for the first time since 1998), Gartheiniog (similar to 2011 but with small changes) and Dyfnant (similar to 2012). A new family-oriented Spectator Stage in mid Wales is also planned. Sunday’s action includes another Spectator Stage, this time in North Wales, and a repeat of Thursday’s Gwydyr and Penmachno tests. The rally will reach its climax with a blast around the spectacular Great Orme early on Sunday afternoon with the finishing line celebrations in neighbouring Llandudno.