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Welsh driver Elfyn Evans to join M-Sport for 2014

Welsh driver Elfyn Evans steps up to a full WRC campaign as it's announced he will join M-Sport for 2014 Credit: Wales Rally GB

Welsh rally driver Elfyn Evans will join the M-Sport World Rally Team's 2014 line-up, it has been announced.

It comes after the 24-year-old, based at Dolgellau in Gwynedd, won the WRC Academy in 2012 and took top WRC2 honours in last month’s Wales Rally GB.

He said: “It is an absolutely fantastic feeling to know that I will be driving a world rally car for a full season next year.

"This is just the first step and I am extremely grateful to M-Sport for this opportunity and their belief in my future.”

Wales Rally GB to move to North Wales

The Wales Rally GB has been based in South Wales since 2000. Credit: PA

Wales Rally GB is moving to North Wales this November.

Organisers say the 2013 rally's headquarters will be on Deeside, the ceremonial start will be in Conwy, and the finishing line celebrations in Llandudno.

The route will be more compact than in previous years, with more forest stages.

Night-time spectator stages are being reintroduced.

"The move to North Wales has a number of significant advantages. Most importantly, perhaps, we are closer to the sport’s traditional heartlands, some iconic rally forests", Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of rally organiser International Motor Sports, said.

Wales Rally GB is the final round of the World Rally Championship (WRC).

More details on the event, which will run between 14 and 17 November, will be released next month.

The rally has been run 68 times since 1932.

There had been doubts over the 2013 event, because of funding issues, but the Welsh Government agreed a deal with organisers back last September.