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The Cam­brian Rally will re­ceive its most rad­i­cal shake up in years as the event fea­tures dif­fer­ent stages for the BTRDA se­ries opener.

The Llan­dudno-based event drops Gwydyr, Elsi, Pen­machno and the Great Orme stage.

The Aber­hir­nant stage, as used on Wales Rally GB, has been added, as has Llan­gower, join­ing Clo­caenog and Al­wen.

Clerk of the course Alyn Ed­wards be­lieves stage qual­ity is the key to the event’s suc­cess.

“We think that only run­ning four top qual­ity stages – with three of them be­ing used in the same for­mat as 2016’s Wales Rally GB – will prove at­trac­tive to com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors alike,” he said.

“There will be lim­ited dou­ble us­age help­ing to en­sure that the qual­ity of the stages is held through­out the event.”

The event will start and fin­ish in Llan­dudno as usual, with 45 stage miles and Ruthin ser­vice.

Welsh­man Hugh Hunter – who’s in dou­ble fig­ures for starts on the Cam­brian – be­lieves the change is one that will re­fresh the event.

“I think it’s a good move,” said the 2008 BTRDA Gold Star cham­pion. “It’s nice to mix it up, ral­lies can be­come stale, the same ev­ery year. It will be nice to have Aber­hir­nant and Llan­gower to do some­thing dif­fer­ent. Those stages are com­pletely dif­fer­ent in na­ture to the Betws-y-coed stages like Elsi. The new stages are a lot faster. I like Pen­machno so I’m a lit­tle sad that’s not on there but dou­ble us­age in that stage is al­ways an is­sue. We’ll def­i­nitely be do­ing it, it looks like a good route and a nice change.”

Hugh Hunter likes new stages

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