The route remains similar to 2008 with the competition split between the forests of mid- and south Wales. However, a new service park will be located in Cardiff Bay and the spectacular indoor test at the city's Millennium Stadium has been dropped.
The route remains similar to 2008 with the competition split between the forests of mid- and south Wales. However, a new service park will be located in Cardiff Bay and the spectacular indoor test at the city's Millennium Stadium has been dropped. After Thursday's start ceremony in Cardiff, drivers journey 160km north on Friday for two loops of classic tests in mid-Wales, split by a brief 15-minute service in Builth Wells. Saturday is the longest leg and mixes the long Rhondda test in the Vale of Neath, including roads not used since 2003, with the traditional second day tests further north, near Brecon. The final day is based in the south and includes two passes through the famous Walter's Arena section in Rheola Forest. Drivers tackle 16 stages covering 348.30km in a route of 1482.34km. <pre> RALLY OF GREAT BRITAIN ROUND 12 FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 22 - 25 October 2009
Thursday 22 October: Ceremonial start Start Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff 19.00
Friday 23 October: Day 1 Cardiff - Cardiff Start Cardiff 06.00 SS1 HaXfren 1 32.14km 09.23 S2 Sweet Lamb 1 5.13km 10.04 SS3 Myherin 1 27.88km 10.22 RSZ A Builth Wells (15 mins) 12.05 SS4 Hafren 2 32.14km 13.31 SS5 Sweet Lamb 2 5.13km 14.12 SS6 Myherin 2 27.88km 14.30 Serv B Cardiff (45 mins) 18.16 Finish Cardiff 19.01 Total 130.30km
Saturday 24 October: Day 2 Cardiff - Cardiff Serv C Cardiff (15 mins) 07.10 SS7 Rhondda 1 35.72km 08.35 SS8 Crychan 1 14.99km 10.26 SS9 Halfway 1 18.37km 10.54 Serv D Cardiff (30 mins) 13.18 SS10 Rhondda 2 35.72km 14.58 SS11 Crychan 2 14.99km 16.49 SS12 Halfway 2 18.37km 17.17 Serv E Cardiff (45 mins) 19.33 Finish Cardiff 20.18 Total 138.16km
Sunday 25 October: Day 3 Cardiff - Cardiff Serv F Cardiff (15 mins) 07.10 SS13 Port Talbot 1 17.41km 08.28 SS14 Rheola 1 22.51km 09.27 SS15 Port Talbot 2 17.41km 10.56 SS16 Rheola 2 22.51km 11.55 Serv G Cardiff (10 mins) 13.53 Finish Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff 14.35 Total 79.84km
Rally total 348.30km