Sev­ern Val­ley saved in one-off MSA/NRW deal for forests

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

The Sev­ern Val­ley Stages will go ahead as planned af­ter the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales reached a deal to se­cure the event.

The Builth Wells-based Rally was in doubt as the MSA and NRW are yet to agree a mas­ter agree­ment in order to al­low rallying to take place on Welsh gov­ern­ment-owned land.

How­ever, fol­low­ing the one-off agree­ment be­tween the two par­ties, the June 4 event can now go ahead de­spite be­ing af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of the cur­rent mas­ter agree­ment, which ends on June 1.

Keith Ashley, clerk of the course for the Sev­ern Val­ley Stages, said: “Go­ing ahead as planned is ab­so­lutely bril­liant news af­ter the un­cer­tainty of the last few weeks. It is also good for both the sport and the vol­un­teers who have spent 12 months or­gan­is­ing the rally.”

The event – which also forms part of the Welsh Rally Cham­pi­onship – is one of four in­cluded in the se­ries that are still to take place this year. How­ever, Welsh Cham­pi­onship co-ordinator David Evi­son be­lieves the rest of the cham­pi­onship will go ahead as planned.

“Only a small pro­por­tion of the route of the Nicky Grist Stages in July uses NRW roads,” said Evi­son. “The same goes for the Wood­pecker Rally in Septem­ber, while Novem­ber’s Wyedean Rally runs on [Eng­lish] Forestry Com­mis­sion roads.”

Last week Nicky Grist Stages clerk of the course Neil Cross con­firmed the event will go ahead with or with­out the NRW mileage. l Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship or­gan­is­ers have con­firmed that crews want­ing to con­test the Sev­ern Val­ley Stages won’t be in any con­tra­ven­tion of its rules. The rally is set to run sim­i­lar stages to the NG Stages in June, but the BRC con­firmed that rules on re­stric­tion of re­con­nais­sance (Ar­ti­cle 14.3 in the reg­u­la­tions) does not count in this case. En­tries are open and ex­pected to fill af­ter the above news.

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