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Wales Rally GB thanks

Last weekend’s Wales Rally GB marked the 80th anniversary of the UK’s premier rally with a gripping three-day, 19-stage contest that took some of the world’s finest cars and drivers right across the principality, from a ceremonial start in Llandudno to the finish in Cardiff Bay.

The event delivered a hugely popular winner in M-Sport Ford’s Jari-Matti Latvala, while some close battles – not least for second place between world champion Sébastien Loeb and Petter Solberg – right through the field provided plenty of excitement for the thousands of fans lining the many iconic stages from north to south.

There was plenty of emotion involved too, particularly when SWRC category winner Craig Breen was joined on the finish ramp by his late co-driver Gareth Roberts’ family.

We wish to offer our sincere gratitude to all those involved in this year’s rally, from the organising team, councils, emergency services and landowners to the volunteers, officials and fans who did so much to make the event another great success.

We must also thank the Welsh Government for its continued support of the event, and with confirmation that the rally will remain in Wales next year we look forward to working with everyone again in 2013.

Colin Hilton
Chief Executive
Motor Sports Association

Andrew Coe
Chief Executive
International Motor Sports

17 September 2012