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Tom_Cave_MWSJust two weeks ago, the event regulations were released for the first round of the 2016 MSA British Rally Championship and organisers of the Mid Wales Stages have reported receiving a record numbers of entries.  The re-vamped 5th/6th March event has already amassed 60 entrants across the three events which make up this year’s rally, significantly up on levels seen at this point in the Newtown & District Automobile Club organized event in previous years. And there is much more to come, promises Clerk of the Course Chris Tomley.

The Newtown, Powys based event provides crews in the MSA British Rally Championship and Defender Challenge by Bowler Motorsport, with a with a tough two-day format across some of the stages used on final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB. Tomley believes that the new look event which includes 25 miles of night stages, has really engaged with both BRC and Clubman competitors, who are all keen to sample some legendary Welsh forest stages.

“It’s really encouraging to see that entry levels are well up on this time in previous years and the excitement is starting to build across the organising committee” says Tomley. “We have well over 20 entries from the MSA British Rally Championship and many of the names listed so far are in addition to the contenders who have announced their intention to compete in the series, but have not yet placed an entry”.

But it’s not just British Championship crews that have buoyed the ever expanding list.  “The Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship has been a mainstay of the event for many years and we are pleased to see number building in that area too for the Sunday event” he says. “Not only that, but we have a good spread across all our championships including the Jelf Welsh Clubman series, alongside several Historic crews on board.  These include Viking Motorsport prepared car of Geir and Christina Espeland from Norway, who add a touch of European flavor to the Viking Motorsport – Links Electrical Clubman event.  It’s really encouraging to see the list building at a rapid pace and it would be really nice to think the entries could be full by the closing date. At this rate, that could be possible”.

The rally is based at Theatre Hafren in Newtown and kicks off with two stages totaling over 25 miles under the cover of darkness on Saturday 5th  March. The remaining 43 stage miles are contested on Sunday 6th, before the Ceremonial Finish greets the successful finishers back in Newtown.

Event regulations are available to download and a full online entry system is available at http://www.midwalesstages.co.uk

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