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After postponing the 2018 Grooms Garage Mid Wales Stages due to an unprecedented covering of snow and ice in the region, organisers are delighted to announce that the Newtown and District Automobile Club event will be now run on the 27th May 2018.

Originally scheduled for the 4th March, the organising team took the painful decision in the lead up to the event to postpone due to the fact many of the stages planned to be used were inaccessible. As they could not guarantee the safety and welfare of officials, marshals, volunteers, spectators and competitors, they had no choice but to call the event off.

However, the dedicated team of organisers have worked hard over the past few weeks to find a new date suitable for the championships, landowners and volunteers. They have cited the 27th May as the best solution for all in an already packed British rallying calendar.

“We were of course disappointed to have to postpone the event originally but we truly had no choice, we couldn’t even get into the stage to use them” said Clerk of the Course Wayne Jones.

“Ever since then we have been in talks with our championships and landowners and we are delighted to announce the new date. We extend our thanks for the championship organisers for accommodating us.

We truly hope it will suit the competitors that had entered and of course we will welcome them back to to the rally with open arms. We would also be delighted to see anyone else that would like to sample classic Welsh forest stages in a compact format. We look forward to seeing everyone in Newtown on the 27th May”.

The one-day, 44 stage mile event will be based from The Hafren, Newtown in Newtown and will utilise world-class forest tests in Hafren, as used on the World Rally Championship round, Wales Rally GB. The event will also head into the Carno forest complex as used by the Forest Experience Rally School. This rarely used venue will provide a unique twist to the format.

The event will be a qualifying round the Pirelli MSA Welsh Stage Rally Championship, the Restruct Ltd & Welsh Mixed Surface Championship, the Brian Dennis Motorsport Welsh Historic Rally Championship, the West Wales Rally Spares HRCR Stage Masters Challenge, the ANWCC Forest Rally Championship and the FMP Rally Challenge.

More details are available at and event regulations for the re-dated event will be available in the near future.

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