80th anniversary of Rally GB returns to iconic motorsport venue... Britain’s round of the 2012 World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB, will be held this year from the 13th – 16th September and will return to the world famous Walters Arena Motorsport Complex, last used for the WRC event in 2009. For 2012, the venue will host the Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena Qualifying Stage on Wednesday 12th September and two competitive stages on Sunday 16th September, including the final Power Stage where crucial extra points will be on offer which could decide the event’s winner. Competitors in Wales Rally GB’s National Rally will also compete on the stage on the Sunday. Spectators at all runs through the stage will benefit from live commentary over a PA system. Andrew Coe, chief executive of International Motor Sports which organises Wales Rally GB, commented: “Everyone is very excited by the return to Walters Arena for the 2012 Wales Rally GB. The three Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena stages will provide spectators with the chance to enjoy the fast-paced thrill of international motorsport in a dedicated 1,600 acre complex, while competitors will experience a challenging mix of gravel and forest tracks. The venue was recently home to its first complete national rally and we’re looking forward to taking advantage of the excellent facilities on site.”
The Walters Arena Motorsport Complex is owned and operated by plant hire and civil engineering business, The Walters Group. The site hosts a variety of activities throughout the year, including manufacturer testing and driver training, as well as accommodating the BMW Off Road School attended by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman before their worldwide adventures. In the three years since the venue was last used for Wales Rally GB, Walters Arena has undergone a series of infrastructure investments and is being transformed into an Eco Park, featuring thirteen wind turbines and miles of access roads, which are now available for rallying.The Walters Group founder and chairman Dave Walters said:“It is great to have the World Rally Championship and Wales Rally GB back at Walters Arena, helping to showcase the venue and the strong Welsh heritage within the motorsport industry to spectators around the world. As one of Wales’ most successful family-owned businesses, The Walters Group is committed to supporting the Welsh economy through our motorsport and wider business activities. We’re delighted that Wales Rally GB has recognised that commitment and returned to the Walters Arena Motorsport Complex for 2012.” The Walters Arena Qualifying, Sunday morning and Power Stages for the 2012 Wales Rally GB have been supported by Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena, a reference to the successful Walters Group Land Rover and Range Rover dealership situated between Brecon and Hay-on-Wye.
For more information on Likes Land Rover and The Walters Group, please visit www.likes.hayonwye.landrover.co.uk and www.walters-group.co.uk.TicketsTickets for the 2012 Wales Rally GB are on sale at walesrallygb.com, with prices starting from £15 per adult for the Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena Qualifying Stage and £20 per adult for the forest stages, including the Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena morning stage and afternoon Power Stage. A limited edition celebratory 80th anniversary Gold Rally Pass is also available on a first come, first served basis for £130, providing access to all four days of Wales Rally GB 2012. (Terms and conditions apply to all tickets.) HospitalityThe best viewing facilities have been reserved for VIP experiences and hospitality. This year the offerings will feature in-stage hospitality at various points along the route, including Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena on Sunday where packages will cost £149 per person. Guests will be treated to access to the in-stage marquee, continental breakfast and bacon rolls, tea and coffee throughout the day, light lunch buffet with beers, wines and soft drinks, and a complimentary official programme. The hospitality is provided by corporate hospitality specialist MatchPoint, which is happy to discuss individual requirements with those looking to entertain clients, friends or family at this iconic international sporting event.