Camp­bell: GB route could throw up sur­prises with Cam­brian move

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Fol­low­ing an ini­tial Rally GB route sur­vey, clerk of the course Iain Camp­bell has ad­mit­ted there will be some sur­prises for Bri­tain’s round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Camp­bell, event co­or­di­na­tor Andrew Kel­litt and safety of­fi­cer Sue San­ders drove the forests of north and mid-wales last week and have an out­line route in place for Oc­to­ber.

One po­ten­tial area for a change of route comes courtesy of the Cam­brian Rally’s move to Fe­bru­ary – which has opened up pos­si­bil­i­ties to bring back Pen­machno and Gwydyr. Both stages were used on the open­ing evening of the 2013 event, but Pen­machno has not been used in day­light since 1995 and Gwydyr since the 1960s.

Camp­bell said: “The pur­pose was to re­visit ar­eas fol­low­ing Novem­ber’s rally to see what could be learned; what, if any, dam­age had oc­curred over the win­ter and to look at what new ini­tia­tives can be de­vel­oped for Oc­to­ber. Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales have re­graded all the roads fol­low­ing re­cent ral­lies and the stages are in great con­di­tion.

“There is the ba­sis for a route that now needs to be shared with our part­ners and the FIA be­fore be­ing an­nounced but there are some sur­prises to come once we get ev­ery­thing in place.”

FIA reg­u­la­tions state the route must be with the gov­ern­ing body in May. The event takes place from Oc­to­ber 27-30.

GB: Changes planned

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