Pirelli Motorsport UK Welsh Rally Championship 

Welsh Economy


    In recent days there have been more developments that have impacted upon the planned championship 2020 calendar and changes outside of the sport in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic.

    Friday’s cancellation of the Woodpecker Stages, plus the recent announcements from Rally North Wales and Rallynuts Stages, have seen the number of scoring rounds within the championship dramatically reduced.

    We now feel, as the championship promoters, that, with only a maximum of three possible rounds being run in 2020, we are unable to fulfil a worthwhile series and to crown a worthy champion.  With this in mind we have taken the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship in association with Ravenol UK with immediate effect.

    Both the remaining events, that were to be the final rounds of 2020, the Winner Garage Skoda Wyedean Stages October 17th and the rescheduled Nicky Grist Stages November 28th, are progressing with their preparations within the government guidelines, imposed by COVID 19. We would like to wish both events every success and ask championship registered crews to support both rallies if possible.

    The championship promoters would like to announce that entries will be rolled over to the 2021 championship for those of you who registered in 2020.

    The plans for the 2021 championship are now well advanced, and we will have some new and very exciting announcements for next year in due course.

    We also would like to take this opportunity to thank Motorsport UK, the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, all our stake holders, our sponsors Pirelli, Ravenol UK, Restruct and ONTHEPACENOTE.co.uk.  The team at Special Stage, Howard Davies and all event organising teams, during what very difficult and unprecedented times for all concerned.

    Finally, I ask you all to take a moment to remember the 40,000+ lives COVID 19 have taken here in the UK at the present time, some of whom were friends and colleagues from the World of Motorsport. They will be sorely missed by us all and this puts things very much in perspective. Stay safe everyone and we will keep you updated with news and developments as and when we can.

    The Team at Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh Rally Championship

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    The EventSigns Woodpecker Stages is the Subject of Ongoing Economic Benefits Survey

    The Ludlow based event used to gather evidence of financial benefits rallying brings to local communities.

    This year’s EventSigns Woodpecker Stages is a round of several major championships will be used to gather information from event officials, spectators, marshals, competitors and their support teams to help establish their direct financial input into the local economies.  


    The 60 & Worcester Motor Club organised event takes place in and around the area of Ludlow and Mid Wales over the first weekend in September and will see around 150 crews from around the United Kingdom and beyond contest the event in the world renowned forest stages near the town.

    Conducted by The Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, the study will be used to gain a valuable insight into the economic value a motor rally brings to the area during an event. Thankfully many villages, towns and cities recognise the many economic opportunities this brings as they welcome motorsport into their villages halls, hotels and businesses.


    The importance of the ‘value’ of the motorsport ‘pound’ spent locally during events was brought to the attention of many following the successful Rally4Wales campaign in 2016.


    Managing Director of Rally4Wales Contracts, Jamie Edwards is well aware of the benefit rallying brings to local communities in Wales.  “Every penny makes a difference to the rural Welsh economy. It's no secret that the sport brings tourism revenue of around£15 Million per annum into Wales - but I urge everyone to play their part in helping further showcase the financial and economic benefits that rallying brings to Wales. Whilst we cannot imagine a Wales without rallying, there are many businesses in Wales who would struggle without the added financial benefits a rally brings to their town. We all need to play our part in supporting the local businesses and local economy in Wales by giving a clear insight as to the true value of motorsport in Wales.”                                           

    We would like to thank the event organisers for helping us promote the questionnaire. The event is one of the several chosen during the year to gather the information that is so important when it comes to selling our sport to the wider community.

    The survey can be completed online and is available for completion on any device. Note it can be started and finished later if not all the information is to hand. Don't worry if you don't have time in the build up to the event although the survey is live now it will remain live for a minimum of two weeks post event.  If you are asked to participate again, please do so as it helps us build a bigger picture locally and nationally. 

    To participate simply use the QR code  below or visit:  http://rallydata.co.uk/465915     THANK YOU





    The organisers of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship have unveiled details of a special mid-season bonus for Championship contenders.

    Geoff Jones, Managing Director of Geoff Jones Motorsport is to provide a day’s training for the competitors who lead the Overall Championship, the under 23, Group N, and two-wheel drive categories and the RAVENOL Challenge following the fifth round of the nine-round series, the Plains Rally.

    The day will cover car set up and preparation as well as driving technique with the venue and exact date to be announced very shortly.

    Announcing the plans, Championship co-ordinator Dave Evison said, “We are very grateful to Geoff and his team for their support. Geoff is, of course, a leading car preparation specialist as well as being a hugely experienced driver. I’m sure the training that he can provide will be invaluable for any Championship contender.”

    Confirming his support, Geoff Jones commented, “We are delighted to put something back into rallying in this way. We hope the day will be an enjoyable one for everyone present but, more importantly, a useful one.

    You can find out more about Geoff Jones Motorsport at www.geoffjonesmotorsport.com and about, the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship at wnrc.wamc.org.uk, on their Facebook page and on Twitter @WnRC.

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    Issued by Peter Hughes Media on behalf of Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship