Thursday | 18 Jun 2015

Endurance to the fore in GB route

The classic Myherin forest stage and the spectacular asphalt test around the rocky Great Orme headland return to the itinerary for an endurance-focused Wales Rally GB (12 - 15 November).

Other highlights in the route for the 13th and final round of the FIA World Rally Championship include more than 130km without service in Friday’s opening leg and night stages in Saturday’s marathon of almost 17 hours.

The route shows few changes from 2014, although the Clocaenog Forest stages have been omitted due to wind farm work in the complex.

Deeside will again host the single service park and after a Thursday evening start ceremony in Llandudno, drivers will head into mid-Wales on Friday for six stages, with only a mid-leg tyre change in Newtown breaking up the action.

Myherin and its dramatic wind farm landscape returns to the route, a favourite stage of both Jari-Matti Latvala and Elfyn Evans. “I’m particularly pleased to see the return of Myherin. It’s one of those stages that epitomises Welsh rallying and is a real pleasure to drive,” said Evans.

A 5am start on Saturday heralds a 109km loop of stages without service, including two passes through the classic Dyfi and Gartheiniog tests. That is followed by almost 33km of action in darkness.

Sunday is based entirely in north Wales and includes the short blast around the picturesque but tricky Great Orme coastline, before ending with the live TV Power Stage alongside Brenig reservoir.

Drivers face 19 stages covering 312.16km.

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