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Next weekend’s Nicky Grist Stages (8-9 July) – which is a round of 10 major championships, including the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship and Ravenol BTRDA Rally Series – will be used to gather information from event officials, spectators, marshals, competitors and their support teams to help establish their input into the local mid-Wales economy.

The Quinton Motor Club organised event takes place in and around the area of Builth Wells and will see well over 100 crews from around the United Kingdom and beyond contest the event in the nearby world renowned forest stages of the Carmarthenshire/Powys border region and over the famous Tarmac roads of the Epynt military range.

Conducted by The Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, the study will be used to gain a valuable insight into the economic value a motor rally brings to the area during an event. Thankfully many villages, towns and cities recognise the many economic opportunities this brings as they welcome motorsport into their villages halls, hotels and businesses.

The importance of the value of the motorsport pound spent locally during events was brought to the attention of many following the successful Rally4Wales campaign in 2016.

Jamie Edwards, Rally4Wales Managing Director, said: “Rallying remains under the spotlight in Wales. Therefore, it’s vital that everyone attending rallies in Wales contributes by feeding back what they bring to the economy. It doesn’t matter if you are spectating on your local event and spending £20 on fuel to attend or you are a major rally team running three cars on a rally. Every penny makes a difference to the rural Welsh economy and the impact of motorsport in Wales was brought to the attention of everyone during the Rally4Wales campaign last year. It’s no secret that the sport brings tourism revenue of around £15 Million per annum into Wales – but I urge everyone to play their part in helping showcase the financial and economic benefits that rallying brings to Wales. Whilst we cannot imagine a Wales without rallying, there are many businesses in Wales who would struggle without the added financial benefits a rally brings to the town.”

Neil Cross, Nicky Grist Stages Clerk of the Course, said: “Engaging in this economic survey is very important for us to understand the benefits that the event brings to the local community and I would encourage everyone involved in the event to participate in this survey. We are fortunate to have the support of the local authorities, and the data from these surveys helps them understand the importance of our events to their area.”

The Welsh Association of Motor Clubs would like to thank the Nicky Grist Stages organisers for helping to promote the questionnaire. The event is one of the several chosen during the year to gather the information that is so important when it comes to selling our sport to the wider community.

The survey can be completed on-line and is available for completion on any device. Note it can be started and finished later if not all the information is to hand. Don’t worry if you don’t have time in the build up to the event although the survey is live now it will remain live for a minimum of two weeks post event. If you are asked to participate again, please do so as it helps us build a bigger picture locally and nationally.

To participate, simply use the QR Code or visit: http://rallydata.co.uk/484245

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