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October 2017 date confirmed for Wales Rally GB

October 2017 date confirmed for Wales Rally GB

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The date for the 2017 Wales Rally GB – October 26-29 – has been officially ratified by the World Motor Sport Council meeting in Vienna.

As in 2016, Britain will host the penultimate fixture of a 13-round FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), which opens in Monte Carlo in January and culminates in Australia during November.

After many seasons as the WRC’s final round, Wales Rally GB moved forward in this year’s calendar to a new date at the end of October, a change which proved successful on many fronts and will be repeated in 2017.

Building on this success, the 2017 Wales Rally GB will again be based in Deeside at the end of October with the spectacular competitive action set almost entirely in the legendary Welsh forests. The final route will be announced when tickets go on sale in the spring.

While there may be a familiar feel about the 2017 calendar, next year sees the dawn of an exciting new-era WRC featuring greater manufacturer interest with the return of automotive giants Toyota and Citroën.

The championship also will welcome a new generation of world rally cars. Dramatic new-look challengers boasting extra power, less weight, bigger rear wings and more noise will enhance the entertainment while the biggest shake up for many years among the drivers will add extra intrigue and interest – not least as reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier will be targeting an unprecedented fifth consecutive victory in Wales with a new, as yet unconfirmed, team.

“Wales Rally GB continues to go from strength-to-strength and next year’s WRC, with its new cars, already has all the hallmarks of being a classic,” enthused Ben Taylor, managing director of Wales Rally GB. This year’s move to a new spot at the end of October was widely welcomed by new visitors and was a great success. Now, with a similar half-term event confirmed for next autumn – plus the mouthwatering prospect of an even more appealing championship – next year’s Wales Rally GB should be the first date in everyone’s 2017 diaries!”

For further updates, visit the website, follow Wales Rally GB on Twitter or join the conversations on Facebook.

 

Published 9 December 2016

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