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Euan-Thorburn-with-co-driver-Paul-Beaton• Winners of Wales Rally GB’s Road to Wales initiative announced including Euan Thorburn from Duns, Berwickshire
• Full entry lists released for this year’s final round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC)
• 164 crews confirmed as competing in the UK’S retvitalised and relocated WRC event

Wales Rally GB organisers, International Motor Sports Ltd (IMS), launched the ‘Road to Wales’ initiative in 2013 to give eight national rally drivers at the top of their game the chance to compete on Wales Rally GB during the finale of the 2013 World Rally Championship in north Wales between 14-17 November.

The top three drivers in the MSA British Rally Championship – Jukka Korhonen from Finland, Osian Pryce from Machynlleth, Powys, and Tom Cave of Gwynedd, north-west Wales – as well as the MSA British Junior Rally Champion Benjamyn McKay (Oswestry, Shropshire) and BRC RallyTwo Championship winner Daniel McKenna (Clones, County Monaghan), all have a free entry into the concluding WRC round,  and are excited to be competing with the best in the world at Wales Rally GB.

Russ Thompson from near Clitheroe in Lancashire, overall winner of the NGK Spark Plugs BRC Challenge was offered a free entry for the three-day National Rally that runs alongside the WRC event but is unable to compete, due to planning ahead for his 2014 season, so the prize drive will be taken up by worthy second place finisher Richard Sykes from Stourbridge, west Midlands.

The British Trial and Rally Drivers Association (BTRDA) are also partners in the Road to Wales campaign with the winner of the premier Gold Star Championship, Euan Thorburn from Duns, Berwickshire, being awarded an entry into the three-day National Rally (15-17 November). Additionally the BTRDA Rally First Champion, Joe Evett based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, takes the final prize drive with a free entry into the two-day version of the National Rally (16-17 November) also running on the same classic Welsh forest stages as Wales Rally GB.

The eight Road to Wales winners join a star-studded line up for Wales Rally GB which includes former F1 star Robert Kubica, newly crowned 2013 World Rally Champion Sebastién Ogier, and 2010 Winter Olympic Gold medalist Amy Williams MBE who has just earned her international co-drivers licence in time to navigate for Sky Sports News’ F1 analyst Tony Jardine.

Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of IMS said, “We are extremely pleased with the number and quality of entries for this year’s Wales Rally GB, and our Road to Wales winners now complete not only the full four-day WRC line up but also the National entry lists. It promises to be a fantastic event in November, for competitors and spectators alike. In two weeks’ time the Welsh forests will become home to one of the most exciting motor sport events in the UK, and the buzz around the final WRC round has already begun.

“Many congratulations to all of the successful Road to Wales contenders. IMS is delighted to be able to support talent from the British Championships and provide them with the opportunity to compete alongside the world’s elite in north Wales.”

Winner of the BRC RallyTwo Championship, Daniel McKenna said, “I am really looking forward to Wales Rally GB. Having the Road to Wales prize for my reward for winning the BRC R2 title is brilliant. It is going to be a real test of skill and endurance on some of the best gravel stages in the world. I hope to do many more World rallies as I progress through my rallying career and I am sure that competing in Wales Rally GB will be a real education for me. Thank you to the BRC and Wales rally GB for this amazing opportunity.”

BTRDA Gold Star Champion, Euan Thorburn said, “We are really looking forward to competing on Wales Rally GB for the first time, obviously we would have liked to be competing on the international event but even so, to get the chance to compete on the same stages as the world’s best drivers on the biggest rally in the UK will be great experience for us. There seems to be a real buzz about the event this year so we can’t wait to get started.

“Road to Wales is a great initiative for those competing in the UK. It’s a great way to get more clubman involved in Rally GB and also helps the event itself which has the biggest entry for years which shows how well the initiative has worked. For sure we would not be competing if it were not for the prize we won so it’s a fantastic way to end the year.”

The final 2013 Wales Rally GB entry lists are available for download below (including 64 International entries and 100 confirmed National crews).

Wales Rally GB adult admittance to individual forest stages – and the Great Orme showpiece – has been reduced to just £15* and the ‘Kids for a Quid’ scheme provides those aged between 9-15 years old with a four-day ticket including access to all 22 timed stages for just £1*.

Full information on tickets can be found on the Wales Rally GB website at: http://www.walesrallygb.com.

For further updates follow Wales Rally GB on Twitter @walesrallygb, join the conversations on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/walesrallygb or visit the website http://www.walesrallygb.com.

* Terms and conditions apply to all ticket prices.

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