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Mid Wales Stages - 4 Mar 18

Posted: January 15, 2018 10:46 AM - 642 Hits

Round 2 - 2018 Welsh Rally Championship

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Posted: January 15, 2018 10:46 AM

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Mid Wales Stages ready to rumble

Posted: January 6, 2018 4:13 PM

Newtown based rally releases event regulations as it returns to the British rally scene on 4th March 2018.

Popular stage rally, the Mid Wales Stages will return to the British rallying calendar this March as event organisers Newtown and District Automobile Club release the regulations for the Newtown based event, supported by new title sponsors, Grooms Garage.

After a 12-month sabbatical, the Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages will take place on 4th March 2018 and is a qualifying round of a host of popular national and regional championships which will see crews tackle 44 miles of classic Welsh forests.

The one-day event will be based from The Hafren, Newtown in Newtown and will utilise world-class forest tests, such as Sweet Lamb and Hafren, as used on the World Rally Championship round, Wales Rally GB.

The event will also head into the Carno forest complex as used by the Forest Experience Rally School. This rarely used venue will provide a unique twist to the format which has been dubbed as a “back-to-basics” event by rally organisers.

The Mid Wales Stages last ran in 2016 as the opening round of the British Rally Championship but due to the financial uncertainty surrounding the use of forest roads at the end of the year, was canned in 2017. The dedication of the organising team and support from the Rally4Wales initiative has allowed Newtown and District Automobile Club to resurrect the event and will enable crews from across the UK to sample some of the best stages in the country with this compact format.

The event will be a qualifying round the Pirelli MSA Welsh Stage Rally Championship who return to the rally once again in 2018. Joining the series is the Restruct Ltd & www.jelfmotorsport.com Welsh Mixed Surface Championship, the Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship, the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge, the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship and the FMP Rally Challenge.

Clerk of the Course Wayne Jones is delighted to be able to resurrect the popular stage event and believes the organisers have the format just right this time around.

“It was great to be part of the British Rally Championship and hosting a two-day event with night stages was an experience, but we are really conscious that a basic, cost-effective stage rally with some world class stages is just what rallying in the UK needs right now and this was the right time for the Mid Wales Stages to convert to this format” he says.

“We have a great mix of stages which will challenge competitors of all skill levels and combines a route which many will know and love, with some new stages to keep everyone on their toes. It has all the ingredients for a classic event.

I would like to extend our thanks to our new title sponsors Grooms Garage and of course to the championships who will be joining us in March.”

Competitors are urged to enter the event early as due to time constraints, the maximum entry for the event is 110.

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Posted: January 6, 2018 4:11 PM

Mid Wales Stages returns in 2018

Posted: September 15, 2017 5:46 AM

Popular stage rally returns to the British rallying calendar on 4th March 2018

Despite not running in 2017, Newtown and District Automobile Club will organise the Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages on 4th March 2018.

After being a round of the MSA British Rally Championship in 2016 which saw World Rally Championship ace Elfyn Evans take victory in his Ford Fiesta R5, organisers of the event were unable to ensure the financial stability of the rally in 2017 due to changes in the way roads were repaired after use.

Now, thanks to the commitment of Rally 4 Wales and continued dedication from the organising team, Newtown and District Automobile Club will run a single day gravel rally based from The Hafren in Newtown, Powys. The event will contain 45 stage miles of classic forest tests, mixed with new variants of familiar stages.

It will contain five tests and have an ultra-compact format, with Documentation, Scrutiny, Rally HQ and Event Service based in The Hafren to ensure costs are kept to a minimum for crews. Whilst this will limit entries to 110, the organisers of the event are looking forward to welcoming competitors back to the Mid Wales Stages once again in 2018.

“Of course it was a very hard decision not to run this year but there was much uncertainty surrounding the costs of the repair of roads in Wales and financial sustainability at the time,” said Clerk of the Course Wayne Jones.

“Coupled with a lower than usual number of entries at the start of the year, we simply had no choice not to run but we always said we would return again in 2018. This time, we have ensured that the event can appeal to everyone and will contain some fantastic stages which many will be familiar with, along with some that crews won’t be too. We are in talks with Championships for next season and more information will be released soon. We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors Grooms Garage for their support and enthusiasm towards the event”.

More details will be released in the coming months.

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Posted: September 15, 2017 5:46 AM

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