Nicky Grist Stages to go ahead with stage planning despite Welsh rally crisis
Nicky Grist Stages clerk of the course Neil Cross says the event is pressing on with planning, despite a master agreement not yet being in place for the use of National Resource Wales forests.
NRW and the Motor Sports Association are at loggerheads over the fees to use the forests, as NRW are asking for a raise of more than double as it looks to recoup its costs. England and Scotland settled for a 0.7 per cent increase.
“We haven’t made a [final] decision yet [on the route],” said Cross. “We’re hopeful a deal will be done [between NRW and the MSA] before our event. We just have to wait and see. We’re positive”
The Nicky Grist Stages is due to run just under 10 miles on NRW land, and contingency plans are being made by Cross and the Quinton Motor Club who run the event.
The July 9/10 rally faces a huge entry, with 101 crews already entered as MN went to press and a capacity 180 expected.
“We are very proud to be a round of the British Rally Championship,” added Cross. “But we remain fully focused on giving the BTRDA competitors a fantastic event too.”
There had been some doubt that the event could accommodate all the championship crews, but the organisers have remained obstinate in their stance that crews belonging to the series involved would be looked after.
“I think we’ll be very close to the maximum if not over,” added Cross. “But we’re still confident all the championships will get an entry.”
It will be the first year the NG Stages forms part of the BRC and BTRDA. ● Entries for the RSAC Scottish Rally, the next round of the British Rally Championship on June 25, opened last weekend. The event has been working to alleviate any bogey time issues suffered on the previous round, the Pirelli Carlisle.