Nicky Grist Stages to go ahead with stage plan­ning de­spite Welsh rally cri­sis

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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.

Builth Wells-based NG Stages is planned to fea­ture NRW for­est stages

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