For the first time in recent history, Wales Rally GB will kick off over the English border on Thursday afternoon with its showpiece Ceremonial Start relocating into Liverpool before moving on to the special stage at Oulton Park, Chester.

Friday’s schedule switches to more familiar rallying heartlands in the forests of North Wales and sees the return of a spectacular stage run in darkness through the Aberhirnant forest. Underlining the unique challenge presented by Wales Rally GB, it will be the only true forest stage run after dark on this year’s WRC calendar.

A gruelling ‘Super Saturday’ schedule will be hosted in mid Wales in the legendary forests of Dyfi, Myherin and Sweet Lamb Hafren. Crews will then return back to north Wales for the special Colwyn Bay stage on the Promenade.

Sunday morning sees two more forest tests this time set on the Denbigh Moors – including Brenig which will be the points-scoring Wolf Power Stage finale and a dash around the iconic Great Orme peninsula. Sunday will also include a mid-morning visit to the Service Park and the Ceremonial Finish in Llandudno.

In its entirety, the refreshed 2019 route adds up to 22 stages totalling more than 320km (200 miles) of high-octane world championship competition.