Deal struck to give Nicky Grist Stages route go-ahead

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The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion and Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales have reached a one-off agree­ment for the Nicky Grist Stages to utilise NRW land for the July event.

The MSA and NRW are cur­rently ne­go­ti­at­ing a new mas­ter agree­ment to al­low ral­ly­ing to use NRW land.

The Nicky Grist Stages had planned to use the full 5.92 miles of Crychan – which is all NRW land – and the first 2.45 miles of Half­way.

The MSA has been work­ing to se­cure the NRW mileage for the next round of the Bri­tish and BTRDA cham­pi­onships since it was clear an agree­ment wouldn’t be reached by the June 1 dead­line of the pre­vi­ous deal.

A state­ment from the MSA read: “Against the back­ground of con­tin­u­ing de­tailed dis­cus­sions be­tween the MSA and NRW, and in the spirit of those dis­cus­sions, an ac­com­mo­da­tion has been reached al­low­ing the 2016 Nicky Grist Stages to run as planned.”

Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship com­peti­tor Tom Cave knows the stages well.

“They are good stages used on Rally GB for many years. They’re very fast and the sur­face is abra­sive so it does eat tyres if it’s dry. But they’re very good stages. Crychan is a bit more tech­ni­cal, Half­way more open and faster. There’s one part where you’re flat for a kilo­me­tre down a hill.”

Event clerk of the course Neill Cross added: “Now we have agree­ment from NRW to run our orig­i­nal route we are pleased the un­cer­tainty is over. It has been a test­ing few weeks but our plans can now be re­alised 100 per cent. We are grate­ful to both the NRW and the MSA for fa­cil­i­tat­ing this agree­ment.”

“The in­ten­tion is to use the one we have just now to test against the cur­rent Ju­nior 1000 cars. The plan is to run an er­ally Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship, and after that look at build­ing a more pow­er­ful four-wheel-drive ma­chine. We’d also like to take the er­ally Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship into Europe as well.

“Hope­fully when we’ve sold some of the cars we can run them along­side the cur­rent ju­niors just to al­low peo­ple to see what they can do.”

The de­vel­op­ment car will go through test­ing be­fore er­ally ex­pect to be­gin sell­ing and hir­ing cars in Jan­uary 2017.

Data from test­ing of the car will be fed back to the MSA to help cre­ate a fair set of reg­u­la­tions for the cham­pi­onship.

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