Nicky Grist Stages to partner with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for this year’s event

Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 9 July) will partner with Carbon Positive Motorsport to provide carbon offsetting for all competitors and organisers event vehicles, as part of a long-term roadmap and commitment to mitigate the events carbon footprint.

 

The event joins several UK events this year who have chosen as part of their environmental plans to take steps to mitigate its carbon footprint by using high-quality UK sourced and certified carbon offsetting projects.

 

The company, which is the first in the world to offer dedicated carbon offsetting services exclusively for motorsport, provides carbon offsetting for all motorsport events, teams, competitors, and spectators, and will provide carbon positive levels of offsetting for all the rally organisation vehicles and competitors as part of their entry, in a first for UK motorsport.

 

Carbon Positive Motorsport was launched last year and provided offsetting to competitors at all levels of the sport, including current British rally champion Matt Edwards, former champion David Bogie, and current BRC front runners Garry Pearson and Osian Pryce, each of whom have become brand ambassadors for Carbon Positive Motorsport and are supporting the adoption of carbon offsetting within rallying, as part of the solution to reduce the sports environmental impact.

 

Triple British Rally Champion Matt Edwards has been a long-standing campaigner for the need for rallying to improve its environmental perception and has been heavily involved with Carbon Positive Motorsport as its leading brand ambassador since its launch last year.

 

The Carbon Positive Motorsport initiative has since its launch generated large interest in the sport – as competitors and events across all motorsport disciplines, have started to recognise and act on the environmental needs of the sport, to ensure that motorsport and the environment are sustainable for future generations to enjoy.

 

The event will benefit from a level of carbon offsetting that will provide 25% more carbon offsetting in the future than is generated today through the average fuel use associated with their participation.

 

By only using the highest possible quality of 100% UK-based carbon offsetting projects which generate carbon reduction in the future through rewilding, greater environmental benefits such as restoration of ancient woodlands, and the reintroduction of native species of trees and animals to improve biodiversity, will result in greater positive environmental impact than by offsetting alone.

 

Stringent verification processes assure genuine and greater long-lasting impact than for typical commercial carbon offsetting schemes, which often use low cost and quality overseas projects, or abatement schemes which generally replace future carbon emissions rather than sequester and capture the existing carbon in the atmosphere.

 

All carbon offsetting for this year’s event will be registered on the UK Land Registry in the name of the event and organising club, which ensures traceability of the total carbon emissions that will be offset.

 

To further reduce the events environmental impact, Carbon Positive Motorsport are also offering all Nicky Grist Stages competitors and spectators a 20% discount on their standard web shop prices, to encourage all travelling to the event to help bring a greater positive environmental impact.

 

The initiative forms the first step of a partnership that will help create an environmental road map for the event, to progressively reduce and further offset the events footprint. Local Welsh carbon offsetting projects are being investigated and developed together with their offsetting partner Highland Carbon for future use.

 

Additionally, the company is donating 10% of their sales profits to support motorsport organisations in the Ukraine, who are providing humanitarian aid to people who have been devastated by the current war through a collaboration with championship winning Ukrainian co driver Juliya Yefymova.

 

Rising Welsh talent Matthew Jackson plans to compete on this year’s event in his Carbon Positive Motorsport/MJ Rallying Fiesta with co-driver Sasha Heriot.

 

Nicky Grist Stages Clerk of the Course, Neil Cross said: “We are delighted to be working with Carbon Positive Motorsport in this new initiative to offset the impact our competitors and Safety Cars have on the environment. Sustainability is key to the future of the sport and this partnership emphasises how serious the Nicky Grist Stages and Quinton Motor Club are at securing the future of the event.”

 

Carbon Positive Motorsport director, Paul Glass said: “We are delighted to support the Quinton Motor Club’s Nicky Grist Stages. The event will be the first UK event to benefit from a new package we are offering for rally events, that uses our unique database of rally car fuel consumption, which has been developed based on actual competition consumption figures to create an average figure that we can apply and offset.

 

“We have been working with events and competitors’ feedback to create an ‘end to end’ event carbon offsetting package – which is all about creating the easiest and most affordable way for an event to make the biggest positive carbon offsetting impact, and to help an event to strengthen and sustain motorsport within their local communities.

 

“We are a purpose lead business – run by competitors and motorsport professionals who are genuinely passionate about motorsport and the environment. Our sole purpose is to help protect motorsport and the environment – making both sustainable for future generations to enjoy, with an affordable, and easy to use high quality offsetting service. It does not cost a lot to make a big difference’’

 

A special discount code (NG22S) has been created to use on Carbon Positive Motorsports online sales platform, which will be available for all competitors and spectators to use to carbon offset their event related travel.

 

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2022 Nicky Grist Stages – important dates and times
Monday 23 May, 18:00 – Entries open for registered championship contenders and Quinton Motor Club members
Monday 30 May, 18:00 – Entries open for all entries
Friday 1 July, 20:00 – Seeded entries close
Monday 4 July, 18:00 – Final Instructions and route details available
Wednesday 6 July, 18:00 – Entries close
Friday 8 July, 15:00-20:30 – Scrutineering at North Road Garage
Friday 8 July, 15:00-19:00 – Recce
Saturday 9 July, 08.31 – First car starts
Saturday 9 July, 15:30 – First car finishes

 

Nicky Grist Stages set to welcome six major rally championships back to Builth Wells on Saturday 9 July

Quinton Motor Club is gearing up for what promises to be a fantastic festival of rallying in mid-Wales on Saturday 9 July when competitors from six major rally championships gather in Builth Wells for the 2022 Nicky Grist Stages.

 

The event will play host to the Motorsport UK British Rally Championship for the fourth time. Twice the winners of the Nicky Grist Stages – Elfyn Evans/Craig Parry (Ford Fiesta R5) in 2016 and Matt Edwards/Darren Garrod (Volkswagen Polo GTI R5) in 2021 – have gone on to become British champions in the same year, while the 2017 event winners Fredrik Åhlin/Torstein Eriksen (Škoda Fabia R5) finished runners-up.

 

This year’s Nicky Grist Stages will be the 37th consecutive time that the event has secured a place on the MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series calendar. Many of the previous event winners have also gone on to become BTRDA champions, most recently Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton (Ford Focus WRC) in 2019.

 

The Pirelli Ravenol Welsh Rally Championship will not only bring some of the best Welsh rallying talent to Builth Wells, but from around the UK as well – with the likes Matthew Hirst (Ford Fiesta R5+), Dylan Davies (Škoda Fabia R5+) and Tom Llewellin (Mitsubishi Mirage) all expected to resume their close battle for the Welsh drivers’ title.

 

In addition, this year’s Nicky Grist Stages will be a round of the HRCR Rally Master Challenge. When the Historic Rally Car Register was founded in 1984 it was the first organisation of its kind, and today it’s the largest. It will bring a huge variety of historic rally cars to the event, all driven with the same commitment and determination as the modern-day machinery.

 

ANWCC Rally Championship will be coming to Builth Wells again this summer. Whilst it stands for the Association of North-Western Car Clubs, the ANWCC has over 120 member clubs covering the northern half of England, most of Wales, parts of Scotland and the Isle of Man.

 

Finally, the event will host a round of the Independent Paint Supplies (IPS) Rally Challenge, which is a hugely popular series which raises funds for the Wales Air Ambulance.

 

And it will be lucky 13 for the Nicky Grist Stages in 2022, as it celebrates 13 consecutive years of title sponsorship from Nicky Grist Motorsports.

 

Last year’s Nicky Grist Stages was the first major rally to run in Wales after the Covid-19 enforced suspension of motorsport events was lifted and it had to adhere to all Covid protocol rules and requirements. These included limiting the number of people allowed into the service area, no finish ceremony and, at the request of the landowners, no spectators.

 

All these restrictions will be lifted this summer.

 

With the support of Powys County Council, Builth Wells Town Council and the businesses and residents of Builth Wells, the 2022 event will move back into the centre of the famous market town. With the main high street a matter of metres away from the service area, rally teams will be able to buy food from the local shops – as well as tools, clothes, mobile phones and get their hair cut and restyled if they wish!

 

The start of the event will be held in Strand Street, outside the wonderful Strand Hall which will be rally headquarters. The mid-day service halt will be located on the nearby Builth Wells RFC pitch and the finish ceremonies will be in Groe Park, on the banks of the River Wye and with Builth Wells’ 18th Century bridge and surrounding rolling hills providing a stunning backdrop.

 

Scrutineering will take place the day before the event (Friday 8 July) at North Road Garage; the local Toyota dealership (owned by Eian Pritchard and his family) located just a stone’s throw away from the service area on the other side of the river.

 

The event will contain 44 stage miles, with a loop of four stages run in the morning and repeated in the afternoon. The compact route will have just 80 road miles.

 

“This summer we will run our tried and tested one-day event format featuring some of the very best classic gravel stages on the Epynt military range and in the Halfway and Crychan forest complex,” says Neil Cross, Nicky Grist Stages Clerk of the Course.

 

“With the full support and co-operation of the landowners, namely Natural Resources Wales and Defence Infrastructure Organisation Wales, this year’s stages will include a few interesting tweaks that will provide competitors with some new sections of top-quality roads, some of which have never been used on the Nicky Grist Stages before.

 

“The route survey has been done and we’re delighted with both the road conditions and the format of this year’s event, and we’re confident that it will be a great challenge befitting all the six major rally championships that the Nicky Grist Stages will host.

 

“We are also delighted to be moving back into the centre of Builth Wells, with the service area returning to the rugby pitch and the start and finish ceremonies taking place in the town centre as well. It should bring a great carnival atmosphere to the town and we must thank Powys County Council, Builth Wells Town Council and the residents and local business owners for all their continued support.

 

“And a big thank you to Nicky Grist for not just supporting the event as title sponsor for thirteen years, but for his friendship, knowledge and tremendous enthusiasm.”

 

“2021 will go down in the history of the Nicky Grist Stages as one of the greats because it was organised in very short time and with the huge challenge of Covid-19 rules and protocols, and Quinton Motor Club did an exceptional job,” says Nicky Grist.

 

“They have not been resting on their laurels and have been working hard to organise an even better event that will use the classic gravel roads on Epynt, Halfway and Crychan forests. Stages we know competitors enjoy so much.

 

“The Clerk of the Course has put together some great stages with some subtle changes in the route. Some of which have not been used for a long while and some sections have never been used on the rally before. The roads are in great condition and a brilliant day’s competition will be in store for everyone.

 

“Bringing the event back into Builth Wells is important to us and we encourage all visitors to the rally to use the cafes, coffee shops and other local amenities during the event.

 

“I look forward to welcoming you to Builth Wells in July.”

 

Rally Guide 1 for the 2022 Nicky Grist Stages is now available to view and download on the event’s website (nickygriststages.co.uk) and on the Sportity app (password: NGS2022).

 

2022 Nicky Grist Stages – important dates and times
Monday 23 May, 18:00 – Entries open for registered championship contenders and Quinton Motor Club members
Monday 30 May, 18:00 – Entries open for all entries
Friday 1 July, 20:00 – Seeded entries close
Monday 4 July, 18:00 – Final Instructions and route details available
Wednesday 6 July, 18:00 – Entries close
Friday 8 July, 15:00-20:30 – Scrutineering at North Road Garage
Friday 8 July, 15:00-19:00 – Recce
Saturday 9 July, 08.31 – First car starts
Saturday 9 July, 15:30 – First car finishes

Picture by Paul Mitchell Photography.

Spectators welcome at this year’s Nicky Grist Stages

Spectators will be welcome at the 2022 Nicky Grist Stages, which takes place on Saturday 9 July.

 

Last year the Nicky Grist Stages was the first stage rally to be held in Wales after the suspension of motorsport across the UK was lifted, although the event had to run behind closed doors after a request from the landowners.

 

Event organisers Quinton Motor Club hoped that the exceptional circumstances would mean that 2021 was a one off  – and it was!

 

Restrictions on the number of people gathering at major sporting events in Wales was lifted just before the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament and further Welsh Government restrictions, including the compulsory wearing of face coverings in shops and on public transport, has been lifted.

 

With stages in the classic mid-Wales forests near to the event’s base in Builth Wells, the organisers are planning two dedicated and easily accessed spectator areas – where fans will be able to see all the cars pass twice.

 

The exact plans are currently being finalised with the landowners and full spectator details will be release nearer the event.

 

And fans will be in for a treat, as the 2022 Nicky Grist Stages will host a round of several major rally championships, including:

 

– Motorsport UK British Rally Championship

– MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series

– Motorsport UK Pirelli Ravenol Welsh Rally Championship

– HRCR Stage Masters Challenge

– ANWCC Forest Stage Rally Championship

– Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Historic Cup

– Independent Paint Supplies Rally Challenge

 

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