BTRDA Rally Se­ries re­leases new cal­en­dar and in­cludes Welsh events

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - CAL­EN­DAR BTRDA Rally Se­ries cal­en­dar 2017

The BTRDA Rally Se­ries has an­nounced next year’s cal­en­dar with the same eight events used in 2016.

The Cam­brian Rally re­mains in its sea­son-open­ing slot hav­ing re­placed the Wyedean for the first time in 2016, while the Track­rod again reprises the sea­son fi­nale slot. The Nicky Grist is again due to be a round of the BTRDA and Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Like the BRC cal­en­dar, the slate also in­cludes events in Wales that take in Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales’ land, de­spite the lack of a deal be­tween the sport’s gov­ern­ing body, the MSA, and NRW over the us­age of forests roads. The two bod­ies are cur­rently in a stale­mate over the NRW’S in­crease in costs for the mas­ter agree­ment, which the MSA is reluc­tant to pay.

Cham­pi­onship man­ager Howard Wil­cock said the lack of a mas­ter agree­ment couldn’t halt the progress of a cal­en­dar for next year.

“It’s an un­known sit­u­a­tion. We’ve recog­nised that, like ev­ery­body else, but that can’t stop us de­cid­ing on a cal­en­dar for next year,” said Wil­cock. “We’re hop­ing for a sat­is­fac­tory out­come and we have to sup­port the events that sup­port the BTRDA. We sup­port the events in Wales.”

Wil­cock added that sup­port­ing the events was one of the rea­sons be­hind the cal­en­dar stay­ing sim­i­lar to its 2016 guise.

“It’s a fact that the events have been with us for a long time, they’re good events and they fit the bill, one day for­est events.

“Com­peti­tors are able to do them within a rea­son­able bud­get.

“There isn’t that much ‘new’ about it but it’s the right cal­en­dar for the BTRDA Rally Se­ries.”


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Na­tional Edi­tor Jack Benyon will also com­pete in a Fi­esta ST, co-driven by Paul Hud­son.

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