It is believed that the FIA have approved compromise proposals which will alleviate the crisis which postponed Wales Rally GB’s official route announcement. Previously WRGB organisers had understood they would be granted dispensation to run the Power Stage on asphalt by the outgoing FIA Rally Director Jarmo Mahonen. Sporting Regulations demand the Power Stage must be “representative” of the event involved. The WRGB is defined as a gravel event, a decision which defines the tyre types and sizes to be used and the technical specification of the cars throughout the event. WRGB had arranged to use the iconic Great Orme stage as the final stage, the route finishing with a spectacular finish in the nearby town of Llandudno. Ogier Wales Rally GB Later, detailed examination under the new Rally Director, Yves Matton, the FIA found this was not acceptable. The proposed solution to the crisis is that an earlier forest stage will serve as the Power Stage instead. The route presentation is now to be held on Monday, April 30, by when details of this new plan should have been finalised. This will also be the first time it will be known the extent Britain’s premier rally will use newly empowered Public Road Closing legislation to lengthen adjacent forests using closed public roads.
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