Wales Rally GB will go back to its former Deeside base for the 2020 event.
The area had been used from 2013-2018 before the organisers chose to move the service area to Llandudno last year, but with Rally GB now taking place later in October, the base will return to its previous location.
Both the possibility of worse weather conditions and less daylight are also behind the move as well as the forests used by the rally now having easier access as a result of the move back to Deeside.
Hugh Chambers, Chief Executive of Motorsport UK, organiser and promoter of Wales Rally GB said on the decision to move the base back to its previous location: “Having been made to feel so brilliantly welcome in Llandudno last year, this was a very hard decision to make.”
“However, this is a major World Championship event with a massive global TV audience and, having taken advice from all the experts, the responsible decision has led us back to Deeside for 2020. This is a well-proven option providing the rally with a more suitable geographical location given the time of year.”
Deeside is located near Chester and therefore has several strong motorway and public transport links to cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester and Cllr Louise Emery, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for Events added: “Bringing the Service Park to Llandudno in 2019 was something we were keen to see happen – it was challenging operationally but still a notable success in many areas.”
“We fully appreciate the rationale behind the organiser’s decision to revert back to the Deeside model and very much look forward to welcoming back the WRC to the forests of Conwy County and Snowdonia come the end of October.”
2020 Wales Rally GB takes place between October 29-November 1, with free entry being offered to spectators to the Deeside Service Park.