Great Orme takes centre stage on day one of Wales Rally GB 2011

Visitors to Wales Rally GB are now able to purchase a single ticket that gives access to both runs of the legendary Great Orme Stage on Thursday 10th November 2011.

Fans will be treated to a true test of driver skill as competitors navigate the 3.3 miles of tight, twisting, tarmac road which make up The Great Orme Toll Road, last used on the Lombard RAC Rally in 1981. Drivers will face the challenge of 3” high kerbs on the seaward side of the road followed by a small wall adjacent to a vertical drop to the sea, providing a thrilling spectacle for rally fans and families alike.

Providing a full day of entertainment, there will be catering, commentary, merchandise and a big screen available to spectators on the Great Orme. Entertainment in advance of the WRC stage will include a thrilling display of driving skill from historic rally group B Slowly Sideways.

The Start for Wales Rally GB 2011 will take place on Mostyn Street in Llandudno town centre at 2.30pm, with the first cars arriving on the Great Orme from 2.38pm. The second stage will run from 2.55pm, with the last cars running through the stage by 4.30pm, before heading to Clocaenog for the final competitive stage of the first day.

The official Opening Ceremony will take place later the same evening at Conwy Quay, in front of Conwy Castle. Free, family-friendly, medieval-themed entertainments will be taking place from 4pm onwards, with fireworks over the castle eralding the arrival of the first cars shortly before 6pm.

On arrival in Llandudno, spectators looking to attend the Great Orme stage will be directed to the Bodafon Fields car park (LL30 3BB), open from 8am. A Park and Ride service will be in operation, costing £2 per person for a return trip between the car park and a choice of two viewing locations on the Great Orme. Buses will be running at regular intervals between 9am and 12noon. Any spectators not on a bus prior to 12noon will not be able to attend the stage. Return journeys will be available between 4.30pm and 7pm. No pedestrian access is allowed through the start and finish of the Great Orme stage.

Alternative parking facilities are available in a non-Rally organised car park on the Great Orme itself from 8am. Spectators using these facilities will be charged £5 per car.

For fans who are unable to attend the whole event and local families who just want a taste of the action, Great Orme tickets are on sale now at www.walesrallygb.com for just £20 per adult and £1 per child over 9 years old (children aged 8 or under go free).*

Hospitality at Wales Rally GB can cater for groups from two to 200 people, with options for the Great Orme including a drinks reception, lunch and afternoon tea. Visit www.matchpoint.co.uk, email walesrallygb@matchpoint.co.uk or call 02920 022 838 for further information.

The North Wales Car Club is assisting with running the Great Orme stage. Family membership is only £15 per year



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