In fa­mous stage off lim­its due to ex­ces­sive wear

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

The Pikes Peak rally stage will be un­avail­able to rally and cross-coun­try events in 2018 af­ter sig­nif­i­cant dam­age was caused to the roads last year.

The stage, in the Cam­brian moun­tains, has been used on events rang­ing from Wales Rally GB to the Red Kite Stages, but due to ex­ces­sive wear on the tracks from mul­ti­ple events, it is not avail­able for com­pe­ti­tion for the 2018 sea­son – other than for use on Wales Rally GB.

The nearby My­herin stage is also off lim­its to cross-coun­try events, but not to stage ral­lies.

The land on which the Pikes Peak and My­herin stages are si­t­u­ated is run by Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales, a Welsh Govern­ment body.

NRW has con­firmed that it is work­ing to of­fer other ar­eas of land for mo­tor­sport events.

An NRW spokesper­son told Mo­tor­sport News: “We build and man­age for­est roads across Wales pri­mar­ily to source tim­ber and for other com­mer­cial rea­sons, such as help­ing the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor.

“Wher­ever pos­si­ble we also al­low the use of these roads for mo­tor­sports events such as ral­ly­ing.

“The sec­tion of for­est road known as Pikes Peak pro­vides access to a ma­jor wind farm.

“It is built to a much higher stan­dard than an av­er­age for­est road, and has to be main­tained to this higher stan­dard be­cause it car­ries very heavy wind farm ma­chin­ery, and high- volt­age ca­bles run un­der­neath it.

“Un­for­tu­nately, pre­vi­ous ral­lies have caused sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the road and has ex­posed the ca­bles.

“The risk to health and safety and the cost of re­pairs is just too great, there­fore we are lim­it­ing the use of Pikes Peak for car park­ing only.

“We are also un­able to of­fer My­herin and Tarenig forests for cross-coun­try ral­lies be­cause the area is very wet and eas­ily dam­aged, and we are look­ing to re­duce the num­ber of times they are used for stage ral­ly­ing to re­duce the dam­age to the road.

“There are lots of other for­est roads across Wales that can be used for mo­tor­sports, and we are work­ing with or­gan­is­ers to of­fer al­ter­na­tive routes to en­sure their events can go ahead.”

Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, SMJ Pho­tog­ra­phy

My­herin still use­able for stage ral­lies

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