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Rally of Wales new date for 2002

Top class rallying action makes its comeback to North and Mid Wales after an enforced lay off in 2001, with the news that the International Rally of Wales will return to the sporting calendar on May 17/18/19 in 2002. The 2001 event was cancelled...

Top class rallying action makes its comeback to North and Mid Wales after an enforced lay off in 2001, with the news that the International Rally of Wales will return to the sporting calendar on May 17/18/19 in 2002. The 2001 event was cancelled due to the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease close to the rally's forest stages.

The new date means that the Wrexham based rally will no longer be the season opener for the UK's top rallying crews, as the exciting new Open Rally Championship looks likely to begin the year with the Pirelli Rally in Gateshead.

Rally Organiser Jim Jones, from the Caernarfon and Anglesey Motor Club, explains the decision to move the rally from its traditional date of Mid March, to become the second round of the brand new ABIRO (Assoc. of British International Rally Organisers) series:

"The new Open Rally Championship is still in the early days of its conception, but interest has already been very high. The Rally of Wales is committed to being a part of the strongest UK rally championship available, and the new series has plenty to offer for everyone involved in our opinion. As the championship is very new and it is still in its infancy, we've changed the date of the Rally of Wales with competitors in mind. It is only three months until March and we know that plenty of teams and drivers are still actively trying to sort out their programmes for next season.

By moving our date to the middle of May, we're trying to give them as much time as possible to get everything together for the new championship, whilst ensuring that the Rally of Wales gets the best quality teams and drivers competing on the event next year".

The Rally of Wales is a very popular event with spectators and teams alike, and will once again use the classic forest stages of North and Mid Wales. The Rally will also remain at its base in Wrexham, whilst utilising the excellent facilities that the North East Wales Institute (NEWi) offers the organising team from its Plas Coch campus.

The ABIRO Open Rally Championship organisers are in the process of finalising the details concerning the championship programme and regulations, to ensure that it is as competitor friendly as possible next year. At present, the championship is set to consist of eight rallies in 2002, including a soon to be announced promotional event in the South of England.

The Championship is open to all FIA Homologated Rally Cars, and will also offer terrestrial TV coverage and value for money entry fees.

-jem/inrw-

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