Rally set for return to valleys
WALES Rally GB heads back to the Neath valleys this year.
Britain's round of the 2012 World Rally Championship is being held from September 13 to 16 and returns to the Walters Arena above Glynneath, last used for the event in 2009.
The venue will host the pre-rally Likes Land Rover at Walters Arena qualifying stage on September 12 and two competitive stages four days later, 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.
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Andrew Coe of IMS, organising body of Wales Rally GB, said: "We are excited by the return to Walters Arena for this year. The stages will provide spectators with fast-paced international motorsport, while competitors will experience a challenging mix of gravel and forest tracks."
In the three years since the venue was last used for Wales Rally GB, it has undergone more investment.
Walters Group founder Dai Walters said: "It is great to have the WRC round back at Walters Arena, helping to showcase the venue and the strong Welsh heritage within the motorsport industry.
"As one of the most successful family-owned businesses in Wales we are committed to supporting the Welsh economy through both motorsport and wider business activities.
"We're delighted that Wales Rally GB has recognised that commitment."
Meanwhile, Welsh racer Jann Mardenborough continues to set the tracks alight.
He has progressed through success at Pembrey, more distinction in the Nissan GT3 at Brands Hatch and gone on to tame the legendary Nurburgring.
He recently guided the Nissan GT-R to a race win in the British GT Championship — and Nissan will team up with Mission Motorsport at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed as a catalyst to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations by providing opportunities through motorsport.
The GT Academy RJN team will be helping train Armed Forces engineers to prepare a Nissan 350Z race car.