Taking advantage of the new closed roads legislation, Friday's Wales Rally GB schedule is based in the fearsome forests of North Wales, with eight speed tests split either side of a midday return to the busy Rally Village in Deeside for service. Stages 4 & 9 are at Penmachno, south of Betws-y-Coed.
The day opens close to Ruthin in the classic Clocaenog Forest (Stage 2 - 07:57) and then features two new stages both using stretches of closed public highway to link forest sections together and create greater challenges. The first is an exciting new combination of last year's Brenig and Alwen stages (Stage 3 - 08:33), the second is further west in the famous Penmachno Forest (Stage 4 - 09:49). All three of these stages are repeated in the afternoon - Stage 7 Clocaenog 14:41, Stage 8 - Brenig/Alwen 15:17 & Stage 9 - Penmachno 16:33.
Adding to the spectator experience, Friday's programme also includes an all-new stage at Slate Mountain, where cars will run twice in quick succession, providing visitors with a double dose of WRC thrills.The world-famous Llechwedd slate caverns near Blaenau Ffestiniog in Snowdonia is the venue. Stages 5 & 6 - 10:43.