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Town blow as rally cancelled

Created on 09/01/2017 @ 10:31
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Just weeks after the MSA British Rally Championship confirmed national and international TV rights to show the opening stage of its event during the Mid Wales Stages in Montgomeryshire local organisers have said they have had to cancel the event due to uncertainty over forestry costs.

The Mid Wales Stages, organised by Newtown and District Automobile Club, also plays host to the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship.

But organisers have said that continued uncertainty over the cost of using forests managed by Natural Resources Wales, a Welsh Government department, has meant they cannot continue with the event which would have taken place on 4 and 5 March, with its base in Newtown over the two days.

The event proved a popular series opener. Offering world famous stages over the Hafren, Myherin and Sweet Lamb forests, the two day format provided a challenging start to the year for crews of all abilities.

"With doubt surrounding entry levels and costs associated with running a forestry event in Wales of this size, organisers were forced to cancel the event after a meeting of members this week.  The committee hoped its early announcement would ensure competitors, teams, championships and local businesses can plan accordingly to fill the gap left by the events departure from the calendar," said a club statement.

“Following a meeting of Newtown & District Automobile Club Ltd's committee, it was decided that, due to the current financial uncertainties of running a forest stage event, the difficult decision to cancel the Grooms Garage Mid-Wales Stages 2017 had to be made.

"The club would like to thank all the competitors, officials and marshals who have helped to make the event a success over the previous years and wish all the best to the rallying community for 2017."

The event would have been covered by Channel Four television and televised globally, putting Newtown and Montgomeryshire firmly on the map yet again as a sporting destination.

Photo courtesy of Ian Francis.


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