23 Jan, 11:03
Sébastien Ogier began the defence of his FIA World Rally Championship crown with a fourth consecutive Rallye Monte-Carlo victory on Sunday afternoon.
The legendary Welsh forests and their roads are managed by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), and once again they are welcoming the Wales Rally GB organisers, teams and spectators to the Welsh Government Woodland Estate.
Each year Natural Resources Wales (NRW) works closely with Wales Rally GB to ensure a successful event, this year about 91% of the rally will be staged on roads managed by the Welsh Government sponsored body.
The woodlands in Wales are vitally important for people, the environment and the economy of Wales.
They are an epic setting for world famous rally teams to compete at the highest level, they also host other adrenaline-fueled activities with 550 kilometers of mountain bike trails, as well as more tranquil opportunities for horse riding and walking.
The forests are also vitally important for the commercial timber industry in Wales, with around 850,000 tonnes of timber sourced from these forests each year.
If you're coming to Wales to watch Wales Rally GB you can visit NRW's forest visitor centres for some hot food and a cup of coffee.
Sadly the forests in Wales are being devastated by a fungus-like disease called Phytophthora ramorum which is attacking larch trees.
As part of the #Keepitclean campaign NRW asks all visitors to help stop the spread of Phytophthora ramorum by washing boots and equipment such as bikes when leaving the forest and between visits.
All visitors are asked to follow the Countryside Code which helps you respect, protect and enjoy the countryside, enabling you to get the most out of your visit.
It provides you with helpful advice about: