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Despite not running in 2017, Newtown and District Automobile Club will organise the Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages on 4th March 2018.

After being a round of the MSA British Rally Championship in 2016 which saw World Rally Championship ace Elfyn Evans take victory in his Ford Fiesta R5, organisers of the event were unable to ensure the financial stability of the rally in 2017 due to changes in the way roads were repaired after use.

Now, thanks to the commitment of Rally 4 Wales and continued dedication from the organising team, Newtown and District Automobile Club will run a single day gravel rally based from The Hafren in Newtown, Powys. The event will contain 45 stage miles of classic forest tests, mixed with new variants of familiar stages.

It will contain five tests and have an ultra-compact format, with Documentation, Scrutiny, Rally HQ and Event Service based in The Hafren to ensure costs are kept to a minimum for crews. Whilst this will limit entries to 110, the organisers of the event are looking forward to welcoming competitors back to the Mid Wales Stages once again in 2018.

“Of course it was a very hard decision not to run this year but there was much uncertainty surrounding the costs of the repair of roads in Wales and financial sustainability at the time,” said Clerk of the Course Wayne Jones.

“Coupled with a lower than usual number of entries at the start of the year, we simply had no choice not to run but we always said we would return again in 2018. This time, we have ensured that the event can appeal to everyone and will contain some fantastic stages which many will be familiar with, along with some that crews won’t be too. We are in talks with Championships for next season and more information will be released soon. We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors Grooms Garage for their support and enthusiasm towards the event”.

More details will be released in the coming months at http://www.midwalesstages.co.uk

Image courtesy of Roy Dempster

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