The Mid Wales Stages Rally is due to get underway at 6.15pm on Saturday evening with 2 stages run in darkness on Saturday night and 4 more stages on Sunday. The first round of the new look British Championship has attracted around 115 cars and crews which is good news for the Newtown & District Automobile Club organising team. Also encouraging for the BRC itself is the fact that 49 cars have been attracted to the National A event which marks the official start of the BRC season.
Quite a few of our lot are making the trip down and although I have had to cancel plans to attend I'll try and find out what is going on.
3, David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Skoda Fabia R5) 1600, B1
6, Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton (Peugeot 208 R5) 1600, B1
18, Alex Laffey/Andrew Roughead (Ford Fiesta R5) 1600, B1
47, Blair Brown/Richard Simmonds (Ford Fiesta R2T) 998, BD
63, Donnie MacDonald/Andrew Falconer (Mitsubishi, Evo 9) 1997, N6
68, Lee Hastings/Julie Mcguire (Subaru Impreza) 1998, N6
81, Thaarique Fazal/Amanda Burney (Vauxhall Nova) 1396, N1
Most of the home crews are already well known to us regulars up here but this will be Thaarique's first visit to Wales and I'm just a bit concerned. The Scottish trees are used to him up here and often take a step back when they see him coming, but the Welsh trees have no idea! Fingers crossed and hope for the best.