The focus switches to the north Wales coast where Llandudno hosts a vibrant town centre street-based service park, from where competitors journey into the rugged forests for three days of flat-out action.
After service in Llandudno, the four stages are repeated. The fan-friendly Slate Mountain (1.60km) is inserted after Penmachno, while the second pass of Aberhirnant brings an extra challenge as it is driven in darkness.
A lunchtime tyre change in Newtown splits the laps before the day closes with a new 2.40km spectator stage on Colwyn Bay promenade. Endurance and reliability are key, with no service after competitors depart Llandudno at 05.40 until they return shortly before 20.00.
The second visit to Brenig forms the Wolf Power Stage, with bonus points for the fastest five crews. The 22 stages total 309.76km of action before the Llandudno finish.