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SVS14 pre-eventA fantastic field of over 115 cars will contest the 2014 Severn Valley Stages (Saturday 31 May), which is the 41st running of this famous event. The organisers have been thrilled to receive an entry that has both quality and quantity across the modern and historic sections.

Three different crews in the Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship have taken maximum points on the opening three rounds, but it is the consistent pace of Paul Davy and Roger Allen that has taken then to the head of the championship in their Subaru Impreza. Leading the chase should Luke Francis/John Roberts (Mitsubishi Evo 9) and Alex Allingham/Chris Williams (Subaru Impreza).

A sensational entry for the historic event includes all the front runners in the West Wales Rally Spares R.A.C. Rally Championship and a gaggle of very quick Ford Escort Mk2s will battle for victory. The cars of Nick Elliott, Matt Edwards, Jason Pritchard, Richard Hill, Meirion Evans and Tomas Davies head a stunning top 20. Category 2 is headed by the Ford Escort Mk1 of David Stokes, while Ray Cunningham tops a 19-strong field of Category 1 (pre ’68) cars in his Mini Cooper.

The event is also a round of the Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship. The rally will once again be based at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells. The first historic car will start at 8.30am and return to the finish shortly before 3pm.

Spectators are welcome at two locations: one in Crychan Forest (first car due at 09.57 and 13.47) and one in Halfway Forest (first car due at 09.36 and 13.26). The Crychan spectator area should only be approached by leaving the A483 at Cynghordy and travelling east for approximately four miles. The Halfway spectator area is directly off the A40 approximately six miles east of Llandovery.

The event running order will be:
First group: Category 1 historics (approx 20 cars)
10-minute gap
Second group: Category 2 and 3 historics (approx 60 cars)
10-minute gap
Third group: Modern cars (approx 40 cars)

Spectator information will be available from 27 May and can be downloaded from http://www.severnvalleystages.co.uk

The event’s new website is at: http://www.severnvalleystages.co.uk
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