FOLLOWING last week’s record-breaking Wales Rally GB, event organiser Motorsport UK has confirmed that the FIA World Rally Championship will be returning to North Wales in 2020.

The UK’s round of the electrifying WRC will move back to a more traditional end-of-season date and be staged from October 29 to November 1.

As the penultimate – and final European round – on a calendar that commences in Monte Carlo in late January and finishes in Japan in late November, North Wales is once again certain to deliver maximum excitement as the 2020 title race reaches its thrilling finale.

“We are absolutely delighted to be back in Wales next year after all the hugely positive feedback we’ve already had to what was an incredible 2019 event,” said Hugh Chambers, CEO of Motorsport UK, organiser of Wales Rally GB.

“With Wales as the centre-piece, the whole rally benefited from increased profile and fan support right from the start in Liverpool.

“Every year we challenge ourselves to make our round of the World Rally Championship even better than the previous one and, now Wales has been confirmed for 2020, we can start striving for even more exciting innovations for a little more than 12 months’ time.”

Next year will be the 21st in succession that Rally GB has been staged in Wales and the 18th as Wales Rally GB with the Welsh Government as its principal funding partner.”

The announcement of Wales’ continuing position on the globe-trotting WRC calendar comes after the major success of a further revitalised 2019 event which finished in Llandudno.

The seaside town hosted the rally’s central Service Park for the very first time and fittingly witnessed the crowning of a first time Rally GB victor as Estonian ace Ott Tänak celebrated his maiden win.

The scintillating action drew record numbers of fans into the Welsh forests and, as desired, the introduction of a new stage at Colwyn Bay showcased the high octane WRC excitement to new audiences.

The full route for the now confirmed 2020 Wales Rally GB will be announced in the New Year.