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JamieAndersonJust days after launching the 2016 Event Signs Woodpecker Stages Rally, organisers of the Ludlow based event were rewarded with a wrath of entries from competitors, all keen to sample one of the most popular events in the British Rallying calendar.  Now in its 33rd year, the Sixty and Worcestershire Motor Club organised event is a qualifying round of the popular Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series and Pirelli MSA Welsh Stage Rally Championship, offering over 40 stage miles across classic stages in the Welsh Marches and Shropshire forests.

Sponsored once again by Midlands based signage specialists Event Signs and supported by Hills Ford, the event is joined by a plethora of national and regional rally championships. As well as the BTRDA and Welsh Championships, the event is a round of the Maxxis Tyres MSA English Rally Championship, Welsh Clubman’s 2WD Forest Rally Championship, FMP Motor Factors Rally Challenge, ANWCC Forest Rally Championship, ASWMC Loose Surface Stage Rally Championship and the unique Land Rover Defender Challenge by Bowler Motorsport.

With an anticipated 150 crews heading to Ludlow in early September, the 2016 event will boast one of the largest entries in recent times and organisers are confident of providing a classic rally for all.
“The Event Signs Woodpecker Stages has long been regarded as one of the best events in the UK rallying calendar and we have done everything possible to ensure we live up to that reputation” says Clerk of the Course Pete Wood.  “The organising team have ‘hand-picked’ the best bits from last year’s event and we have also introduced the Hopton stage back into the schedule to ensure our more regular competitors can enjoy a new challenge. It’s shaping up to be another fantastic event and we would like to thank our sponsors Event Signs for their continued support.”

The 2016 Event Signs Woodpecker Stages Rally will kick off on Friday 2nd September for pre-event Scrutiny and signing on at Ludlow Racecourse. The first competitors will leave the start ramp at 8.30am on Saturday 3rd for over 40 competitive stage miles in the Radnor, Hopton, Haye Park and Bringewood forests. Competitors will return to Ludlow Racecourse for two services through the day, before heading back to the ceremonial finish later that afternoon.

More information on the event, regulations and entry forms can be found at

Spectator access, times and locations will be issued on the event website in August.

Image courtesy of RallySport Media.

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