Re­vamped route planned for 2019

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Llan­dudno and Liver­pool are look­ing likely to fea­ture heav­ily on the sched­ule for next year’s Wales Rally GB.

The event or­gan­is­ers are un­der­stood to be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the po­ten­tial for mov­ing the rally’s ser­vice park to Llan­dudno, where an Ypres-style town cen­tre ser­vice park would be utilised.

To fur­ther raise the event’s pro­file, Manch­ester and Liver­pool are in dis­cus­sions to host the start and po­ten­tially an open­ing stage run through the streets of ei­ther city.

A source told MN: “We’ve worked with Llan­dudno and Conwy for a very long time and this would seem to be the next log­i­cal step to move the ser­vice park. We know the place has the in­fra­struc­ture – cer­tainly ho­tels aren’t go­ing to be a prob­lem. Llan­dudno’s a great fit for us.

“As for the new start venue, Liver­pool or Manch­ester would make a huge amount of sense. Both have a mas­sive cen­tre of pop­u­la­tion and run­ning the cer­e­mo­nial start and a stage out of ei­ther would be a real coup for the event.”

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