Now that travel restrictions in Wales have been lifted, a full route recce of the 2021 Nicky Grist Stages has taken place.
And one thing stood out – with no rallying in the iconic Mid-Wales forests since the Nicky Grist Stages two years ago, the already famously smooth gravel stages are in the best condition the event organisers, Quinton MC, have ever seen.
The 45 stage miles planned will mark a fitting return to post-Covid 19 gravel rallying in Wales (subject to Welsh government guidelines) when the Nicky Grist Stages takes place on Saturday 10 July.
The stages are located on both Natural Resources Wales and Military of Defence land, on and around the famous Epynt military range, with a loop of four stages in the morning repeated after a mid-day service halt in Builth Wells.
The opening stages will be in Llyn Login – a fast, flowing and open test that will blow away any cobwebs that have gathered during the coronavirus lockdown!
Monument follows, which is a magnificently flowing stage containing both open and tree lined sections.
The following road section will take crews across the middle of the Epynt ranges and into Halfway forest for a truly superb stage full of climbs, hairpins and flowing sections.
The final stage of the loop is Crychan – the longest and most challenging stage of the event, with a multitude of junctions and many great opportunities for the brave to gain a time advantage.
The 2021 Nicky Grist Stages will host a round of eight major championship – the British Rally Championship, MRF Tyres BTRDA Rally Series, Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship, Motorsport UK National Rally Championship, Motorsport UK English Rally Championship in association with Seacon UK Ltd, ANWCC Forest Rally Championship, HRCR Rally Masters Stage Championship and the Welsh Historic Rally Championship.
Marshal registrations are now open at rallystageteam.co.uk.
The 2021 Nicky Grist Stages Regulations will be published on nickygriststages.co.uk in mid-May.