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I read with in­ter­est the var­i­ous ar­ti­cles on the Nicky Grist Stages es­pe­cially the side­bar on page 20 by Jack Benyon ( Motorsport News, July 13).

I do agree that the or­gan­is­ers try re­ally hard, are pro­fes­sional and re­laxed and there­fore not overly of­fi­cious which is ex­cel­lent. Also the mar­shals and scru­ti­neer­ing team were great.

Aside from that, the event was dire. The stages were torn up badly and those run­ning down the field were treated to badly cut-up stages. In many places com­peti­tors drove a deep rut­ted cor­ner on the sump guard. In the corners, driv­ers could go round the out­side on the deep mud or torn-out gravel and have no trac­tion or slide out into the un­der­growth.

Is this a prod­uct of top-flight four­wheel-drive ma­chin­ery or a prod­uct of poor stage prep? If it is the lat­ter, then Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales are not spend­ing the money they say they are.

Per­haps I’m look­ing through roset­inted glasses as I can’t re­mem­ber it be­ing this rough when ral­ly­ing in my youth. I used to be one of the lead­ing front-wheel-drive con­tenders seeded near the front of the field in the early 1990s when there were few four-wheeldrive cars and stages were typ­i­cally used only once, so they were fan­tas­tic.

Can we get the rel­e­vant stage prepa­ra­tion folks to give us some qual­ity roads used once that won’t get eas­ily rut­ted? Garry Wil­son Led­bury

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