Nicky Grist keeps its mixed sur­face for­mat

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The Nicky Grist Stages will re­main a mixed sur­face event for 2017 and a clash with the Bri­tish Grand Prix has been avoided.

The event was well re­ceived by com­peti­tors as the Epynt­based rally used gravel on Satur­day and asphalt on Sun­day. Army ex­er­cises on the Epynt Ranges caused it to be de­layed, but on the whole feed­back on the event was pos­i­tive.

Both Satur­day and Sun­day’s mileage will be in­creased – with the aim of 70 miles on asphalt on Sun­day – giv­ing com­peti­tors more stage miles, while the event forms part of the Welsh Rally Cham­pi­onship and the BTRDA.

“We are truly blessed to have some of the very best forestry stages in Wales right on our doorstep,” said Nicky Grist.

“We’ll have a dif­fer­ent route lay­out for Sun­day’s asphalt stages, which will al­low the event to breathe. Cars will still start at 30-sec­ond in­ter­vals on the Tar­mac – this makes it ac­tion­packed for the spec­ta­tors, and has proven to keep the roam­ing sheep off the road, which is an im­por­tant safety con­sid­er­a­tion.”

The event will also fea­ture a new start in Builth Wells town cen­tre. It takes place on July 8/9.

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