Welsh government backs Wales Rally GB
The Welsh Government is to give £1.5m to the Wales Rally GB over the next two years.
Last Updated: 08/01/14 1:05pm
Economy Minister Edwina Hart is hoping the organisers can build on the success of last year's event, which attracted thousands of supporters.
Hart said: "The people of north and mid Wales are incredibly supportive of the event and local authorities and businesses have all reported increased economic activity in the area due to the Rally.
"We want to maximise the benefits coming to Wales and build on this momentum which is why I have agreed in principle funding for Wales Rally GB over the next two years."
Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of Rally organiser International Motor Sports, said: "We are, of course, absolutely delighted for the on-going commitment from the Welsh Government.
"The move to a new base in north Wales really revitalised the event in 2013 and we are already making exciting plans to build on that success with an even bigger and better Wales Rally GB in November.
"What's more we now also have the fillip of a top Welsh driver, Elfyn Evans, competing in a front-running world championship team and that's another major boost both for Wales Rally GB and the sporting scene in Wales."