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Rally of Wales preview

The International Rally of Wales returns to its classic format for 2003, with competitors regulations now available for the opening round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship based in Wrexham on March 22-23rd. After being forced to ...

The International Rally of Wales returns to its classic format for 2003, with competitors regulations now available for the opening round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship based in Wrexham on March 22-23rd.

After being forced to re-schedule for the route for last year's event, the organisers have returned to the more traditional stage format for this season. Sweet Lamb, Hafren and Myherin will provide the sternest of challenges for the Saturday leg before the overnight halt in Wrexham. Dyfi, Gartheiniog and Pantperthog forests will make a fearsome sting in the tail for the Sunday stages before the champagne celebration in Wrexham.

Once again the rally will be based at the North East Wales Institute (NEWI) in the town. Pre and post event scrutineering where the cars are checked for compliance with the rules will take place at renowned motorsport wholesaler Demon Tweeks on the Friday.

Spectator areas will be available for both days, including the popular Sweet Lamb venue and the Dyfi forests will also have safe spectator access. Rally fans will also get the chance to see the cars and teams at a special ceremonial start in Wrexham town centre on the Friday night, where the International competitors will be interviewed from 8pm onwards in Queens Square.

Last years event winner and reigning Pirelli British Rally Champion Jonny Milner welcomed the switch to a traditional format and gave his thumbs up to the event:

"I'm very glad to see that the Dyfi area stages are returning to the fold as they some of the best in the UK. Last year's event was very good and very well run, but this years promises to be an improvement on that looking at the route outline. It will be a tough rally with long stages, and I'm sure it will be hard fought by all the teams.

Its good to see the rally moving back to its customary slot as the opening round of the series as well, so I'm looking forward to beginning my title defence there whilst also defending the winners trophy for the event. It has a special importance to me as my co-driver Nicky Beech is Wrexham born and bred so there is yet more incentive for us to do well."

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