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Wales Rally GB 2006 news 2006-05-02

News from Wales Rally GB * New-look and date for finale of 2006 World Rally Championship * Draft route submitted to FIA and WRC Teams for approval. Wales Rally GB will run in December this year and regains its...

News from Wales Rally GB

*  New-look and date for finale of 2006 World Rally Championship

* Draft route submitted to FIA and WRC Teams for approval.

Wales Rally GB will run in December this year and regains its traditional status as the finale of the 16-round FIA World Rally Championship (WRC).

The ceremonial start of the Cardiff-based event will be on the evening of Thursday 31st November, followed by three days of competitive driving over Forestry Commission and Military roads in south, mid and west Wales.

A draft route was sent to the FIA and WRC teams on May 1st for their comments and approval. Subject to the agreement of all parties, final route, timetable and schedule of Special Stages will be confirmed in early June.

Initial route proposals give a new look to the rally. The Vale of Neath forest stages - Resolven and Rheola - will be run on Friday's opening leg.

Saturday's second leg will offer spectators more viewing opportunities in the Crychan, Epynt and Halfway stages north of Brecon.

The Brechfa and Trawscoed stages in Carmarthenshire, traditionally used on the first day, will be run on Sunday's final leg, before the event returns to Cardiff.

All forest stages will be run twice, on the same day.

The service park will remain at its purpose-built site adjacent to the M4 motorway, near Swansea.

Spectator ticketing options, together with activities planned at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, will be announced later this month.

Andrew Coe, speaking on behalf of the event organisers, International Motor Sport Ltd, comments; "We see increased potential for the event now that it has been returned to its traditional place as the final round of the World Rally Championship. It is expected to attract more professional and amateur rally teams from within and outside the UK and the December date will compliment many other family events already planned by Cardiff City Council".

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