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Nicky Grist Stages (Quinton) - 8-9 Jul 17

Posted: June 14, 2017 9:42 AM - 1371 Hits

Round 5 - 2017 British Rally Championship
Round 6 - 2017 BTRDA Rally Series (Saturday)
Round 6 - 2017 Welsh Rally Championship (Saturday)
Rounds 3 & 4 - 2017 MSA English Rally Championship

McErlean joins MH Motorsport

Posted: June 13, 2017 3:47 AM

Former British Junior F1000 rally champion Josh McErlean will step up to a MH Motorsport Fiesta R2T at next month’s Nicky Grist Stages, round five of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship.

Showing an impressive turn of pace during the opening rounds of the series behind the wheel of an outdated Citroen C2 R2 MAX, McErlean and co-driver Aaron Johnston will occupy the seat vacated by the outgoing Callum Devine who switches to a Vauxhall Adam for the remainder of the season.

At just 17, McErlean will be the youngest of the MH Motorsport squad and will become team mate to the opening round Junior BRC victor Oscar Solberg. Despite contesting all three rounds of the series, the youngster has been plagued by mechanical woes in the aging Citroen, but his pace did not go unnoticed by team principle Mike Harris.

“We always have our eye on the stage times throughout the BRC field to see who is putting in a performance that is perhaps head and shoulders above the rest” says Harris. “As a team, we are always looking to expand our line up or explore other opportunities when priorities change.”

“That’s exactly what happened with Josh” he continues. “We wanted to get someone in the car that was showing promise and that would benefit from a seat in a top flight R2 car. It’s great to be able to give a youngster an opportunity like this and it will be great to see his pace progress”.

Whilst Harris may have had his finger on the phone to call McErlean for some time, it came as a big shock to the Northern Irishman.

“The last few days for me have been very exciting” he says. “Everything has just clicked and fallen into place. I certainly wasn’t expecting that phone call from Mike (Harris) but when it actually sunk in, the feeling was immense. It’s a real privilege to be behind the wheel of the one of the most successful R2 cars out there at the moment.”

McErlean was destined to make his debut in the team on the Ypres Rally in Belgium later this month, but a regulation issue has prevented the youngster from making the start. He will now look to the Builth Wells event for his opportunity in the second MH Motorsport Junior BRC team car.

The Nicky Grist Stages provides a challenging two-day format with the gravel forests of Crychan being followed by a sealed surface blast across the Epynt Military Ranges. Despite being forced to miss Ypres, McErlean is looking forward to the challenge that a mixed surface event brings.

“It’s going to be a huge learning curve as it’s my first time on the event and in an unfamiliar car. But I will head to Wales with a level head and I`m looking forward to the challenge. I’d like to say thank you to MH Motorsport for this opportunity and I can’t wait to get going”.

MH Motorsport will once again field five cars on the event as part of the Junior BRC and Cadet Cup. McErlean and Solberg will pilot the Ford Fiesta 1.0litre EcoBoost R2T variants whilst Josh Cornwell, Nabila Tejpar and Alex Waterman will drive the 1600cc R2 version in the Cadet category.

The Nicky Grist Stages takes place on 8th and 9th July and is based in Builth Wells.

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Posted: May 16, 2017 8:41 AM

Nicky Grist Stages confirms 8-9 July 2017 for two-day mixed surface BRC spectacular

Posted: December 9, 2016 3:16 AM

Next year's Nicky Grist Stages (8-9 July) will host round five of the 2017 MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) - and whilst that will be a two-day mixed surface event, there will also be one-day rounds of other major championships, including the Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series, run on both the Saturday and Sunday next summer.

Organised by Quinton Motor Club, the date of the 2017 Nicky Grist Stages had been published as 15-16 July, but owing to MOD activities on the Epynt military range, the event will take place one week earlier on 8-9 July - the corresponding weekend to 2016, which saw 162 cars start from the Royal Welsh Showground.

Next year's event will follow a similar format to 2016, with a mixed-surface two-day rally for the BRC crews. Saturday's forestry gravel stages, run in the spectacular Carmarthenshire and Powys border region, will also host a round of the BTRDA Rally Series and include the MSA Welsh Rally Championship and the FMP Rally Challenge. Sunday's stages will be held over the challenging asphalts road of Epynt for the BRC crews, plus at least one other National B event.

Builth Wells will play host to the ceremonial start and finish, the main service area will be in the nearby Royal Welsh Showground and there will be a new remote service area on Epynt on the Sunday.

Neil Cross, Nicky Grist Stages Clerk of the Course, said: "Whilst the popular two-day gravel on Saturday and Tarmac on Sunday format of next year's Nicky Grist Stages will be similar to 2016, the event has acted on the excellent and positive feedback received from competitors and will have a slightly different feel to it. We've worked closely with Natural Resources Wales and Rally4Wales to introduce some fresh gravel stages, whilst we're looking at extending the Tarmac stage mileage on day two and also run a National B event on the Sunday as well."

Nicky Grist said:
"The gravel route of next year's Nicky Grist Stages is pretty much all confirmed, and we are truly blessed to have some of the very best forestry stages in Wales right on our doorstep. We'll have a different route layout for the Sunday's asphalt stages, which will allow the event to breathe. We'll have a later start and a later finish, and we hope to run as much as seventy stage miles on the Sunday. Cars will still start at thirty-second intervals on the Tarmac - this makes it action-packed for the spectators, and has proven to keep the roaming sheep off the road, which is an important safety consideration."

Iain Campbell, BRC Championship Manager, said:
"The Nicky Grist Stages proves once and for all that rallying is a team sport. The driver and co-driver may be the stars out on the stages, but the mixed-surface challenge from this rally means that the mechanics are the stars on Saturday night when they only have 180 minutes to change the complete suspension parts, brakes and roll bars on the cars. This year there were a lot of anxious faces around the service park as the end of day service began that were exchanged for high-fives and applause all around each competitor's area as they all completed the set up change in time. A unique challenge on an event that offers stages with the unique terrain of Eypnt - the Nicky Grist Stages is somewhere the BRC is looking forward to going back to in 2017."

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Posted: December 9, 2016 3:16 AM

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