Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire Car Club Ltd, organisers of the Rally North Wales which was scheduled to run this coming weekend on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April, have, after careful consideration, taken the decision to postpone the Welshpool-based event.
Event Manager Kevin Witton explains the reason for the postponement: “Since Wednesday (March 27th) of last week we have been closely monitoring the adverse weather conditions within and surrounding the Dyfi, Dyfnant and Gartheiniog forests which were to provide the Rally with its competitive sections. Today (Monday 1st April) we made a more detailed survey of the gravel roads to be used as Special Stages and found them all to be covered with significant patches of hard ice.
“Given the depth of the ice, especially on the exposed North-facing roads and under the trees, and the long-range weather forecast, it is unlikely to thaw before the event is due to start. The three of the four Clerks of the Course, who are responsible for the safe running of the rally and who drove through the stages today unanimously decided that for the safety of Competitors. Marshals, Rescue and Recovery crews and Spectators the event should be postponed.
“This was not an easy decision to make, but based on what we experienced first-hand, it’s the right one. We will now begin discussions with the Championship organisers in an effort to find an alternative date for our event, which should have been the opening round of this year’s BRC.”
Approaching 140 entries had been received for the Rally and the organising team will be working into Monday night to advise every one of the situation.
BRC Manager Mark Taylor commented: “It is a crying shame, I think we have all seen far too much snow this winter. I feel for the organising team who have spend the last six to eight months preparing for this coming weekend, to have to make such a difficult but correct decision on safety grounds is a real blow for them and the many competitors looking forward to kick starting their season.
“We will be consulting with the event, our competitors, agencies, the MSA and the other championships over the coming weeks in the hope of finding a mutually acceptable solution. When we are in a position to communicate further news, we will do so.