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Newtown's loss is Scotland's gain

 
Created on 10/02/2017 @ 16:34
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The decision to pull the Mid Wales Stages rally from early next month due to uncertainty over charges for using forests owned by the Welsh Government's Natural Resources Wales, means the opening stage of the MSA British Rally Championship will now start in Scotland.

Newtown would have played host to the first round of the national rally which would have taken place alongside the Mid Wales Stages event organised by Newtown and District Motor Club.

But with continued uncertainty over costs and VAT issues, the rally was pulled last month, meaning potential national and international media exposure, including a dedicated programme due to be shown on Channel Four, will not now take place.

Instead, the opening event is now taking place at Jedburgh in Scotland on 17 and 18 March.

The issues has been raised with Ministers by Montgomeryshire AM, Russell George.

There is concern that despite rallying being one of the major sporting events that puts the area on the map, with such events as the Wales Rally GB taking place here, more could be pulled if there is uncertainty over costs.

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Photo: The Wales Rally GB in Newtown (Photo © Owain Betts)

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