Treach­er­ous con­di­tions force can­cel­la­tion of BTRDA and Welsh opener

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

Last week­end’s Cambrian Rally was can­celled due to poor weather in North Wales.

The open­ing round of the BTRDA Se­ries and MSA Welsh Rally Cham­pi­onship man­aged to run the open­ing Al­wen stage be­fore can­celling the event for fear of not be­ing able to get safety crews into stages in the event of an ac­ci­dent.

Af­ter the event, pic­tures and videos emerged of cars skat­ing over sec­tions of spe­cial stage. On the one stage that was run, less than half of the cars on the en­try list started, and of the ones that did, only 25 went faster than the stage max­i­mum; a no­tional time of the stage dis­tance com­pleted at 30mph.

The event – which was nine months in the plan­ning – was cast into doubt a few weeks be­fore when it was made clear that Clo­caenog East was not suit­able to run due to heavy felling in the area.

In­stead or­gan­is­ers had to run dou­ble-us­age of stages that were al­ready planned.

The event was also the first ma­jor one to be run in con­junc­tion with Ral­ly4wales, which is now re­spon­si­ble for repairing Welsh Gov­ern­ment roads af­ter ral­lies.

The BTRDA also con­firmed via its news­let­ter that the se­ries would now be­come seven rounds, best five scores count­ing: “Fol­low­ing the de­ci­sion yes­ter­day of the or­gan­is­ers of the Cambrian Rally to aban­don the event af­ter the first stage for safety rea­sons, the BTRDA Rally Se­ries Com­mit­tee would like to say that they fully sup­port that dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion.

“We would also like to clar­ify to all com­peti­tors in the BTRDA Rally Se­ries that, as per ar­ti­cle 3 of the BTRDA Rally Se­ries Gen­eral Reg­u­la­tions, the se­ries will now con­sist of seven rounds with the best five scores to count.”

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