Never used before gravel stage joins Crychan, Halfway and Route 60 in exciting new Nicky Grist Stages route

This summer’s Nicky Grist Stages (Saturday 14 July) will be the only event in 2018 to run on the classic Welsh gravel roads in Halfway and Route 60 – while the Crychan stage is in prime condition and a brand new smooth, fast and flowing stage, which has never been used for rallying before, replaces the rested Monument test.

This year’s Quinton MC-organised event returns to its traditional one-day all-gravel format. The stages will be in excellent condition, as the Army has re-graded parts of the route after recent logging and other sections of the route will not have been used since Rally4Wales re-graded the roads following last year’s rallying.

The much loved and challenging Crychan, Halfway and Route 60 stages will be joined by a brand new five and a half mile stage to the north of the Epynt military range. In total, there will be 45 stage miles.

The event will be based at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd, and with 180 cars allowed to start the Nicky Grist Stages will once again been a major boost for the economy of Builth Wells and the nearby Powys and Carmarthenshire towns and villages.

This year will celebrate the 38th running of Quinton Motor Club’s forest stage rally and the eighth year of title sponsorship from Nicky Grist Motorsports. It’s also the 31st consecutive year of it hosting a round of the BTRDA Rally Series and therefore the event will play host to the 2018 Jordan Road Surfacing BTRDA Rally Series, incorporating the BTRDA Gold Star, BTRDA Silver Star, BTRDA Production Cup, BTRDA 1400, BTRDA Rally First, BTRDA Historic Cup, BTRDA Rallye R2 Cup and the Fiesta ST Trophy. The 2018 Nicky Grist Stages is also proud to host a round of the Pirelli MSA Welsh Forest Rally Championship, FMP Rally Challenge and the all-new Swift Shining Stars Rally Series.

After a second stint of 10 years, making 24 years in total, Susan Butcher has stepped down from her role as Secretary of the Meeting. Helena Mayall, who for the past two years has been the Entries Secretary, is the new Secretary of the Meeting.

Neil Cross, Nicky Grist Stages Clerk of the Course, said: “After two successful years running as a mixed-surface two-day event, we are reverting back to our traditional one-day gravel rally in 2018. We are planning a great event, and using the knowledge gained over the last few years to enhance the reputation of the Nicky Grist Stages. All the stages are in prime condition and are smooth, challenging, fast and flowing. We are the only rally to run in Halfway and Route 60 this year, and we have introduced a brand new five and a half mile stage to the north of the ranges that has never been used for rallying before. That stage replaces the Monument stage, which we are resting for 2018. The route has now been finalised, and we are extremely happy with it – it will be a truly great challenge for competitors come July 14. And on a personal note, Susan’s contribution to the event is unquantifiable and I’d like to thank her for all her efforts over the years.”

Nicky Grist said: “A new year, but not exactly a new rally, but we do have a brand new stage that no-one will have used before! Add this to the other three near perfect condition stages in Crychan, Halfway and Route 60, which are some of the best stages in Welsh rallying, and the crews will have a great time. I am delighted to be involved with the event again this year, although I am sad to see Susan leave us. After all the years she has been our Secretary of the Meeting we cannot complain, she has been a tremendous asset to the rally and I would like to thank her for all her hard work and effort over the years. I look forward to seeing you all on the Nicky Grist Stages in July.” 



2018 Championship Calanders

2018 BTRDA Rally Series

17 February….Cambrian Rally (North Wales)

3 March….Malcolm Wilson Rally (Lake District)

14 April….Rallynuts Stages Rally (Mid Wales)

12 May….Plains Rally (West Wales)

9 June….Carlisle Stages (Kielder Forest West)

14 July….Nicky Grist Stages (Mid Wales)

1 September….Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages (Shropshire/Welsh Border)

29 September….Trackrod Forest Stages (North Yorkshire)



2018 Pirelli MSA Welsh Rally Championship

17 February….Cambrian Rally (Llandudno)

4 March….Grooms Garage Mid-Wales Stages (Newtown)

24 March….Rally North Wales (Dolgellau)

14 April….Rallynuts Stages Rally (Builth Wells)

12 May….Plains Rally (Welshpool)

23 June….The New Red Kite Stages (Neath)

14 July….Nicky Grist Stages (Builth Wells)

1 September….Eventsigns Woodpecker Rally (Ludlow)

10 November….Wyedean Stages (Forest Of Dean)

MAXXIS MSA English Championship

2018 CALENDAR Best 5 scores to count






Malcolm Wilson Rally

3rd March


Lake District


Carlisle Stages Rally

9th June

Kielder Forest West

Nicky Grist Stages

14h July

Mid Wales Forests

Woodpecker Stages

1st September




Trackrod Forest Rally

29th September

North Yorkshire

Wyedean Stages Rally


10th November

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FMP Rally Challenge 2018 Qualifying rounds

Rali Cwm Gwendraeth                      T  Pembrey                February 4th

Cambrian Rally                                 G  Llandudno             February17th

Grooms Garage Mid-Wales Stages   G  Newtown               March 4th

Tour of Epynt                                    T   Epynt                    March 11th

Get it Sideways Rally                        T   Down Ampney    April 7th

Rallynuts Stages (Gravel reserve)      G  Builth Wells         April 14th

Red Kite Stages                                   G Neath Valley        June 23rd

Brawdy Stages                                     T  Pembrokeshire    July 8th

Nicky Grist Stages                               G   Builth Wells      July 14th

Harry Flatters Rally (Tarmac reserve) T    Epynt                August 26th

Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages           G    Ludlow              Sept. 1st

Patriot Stages                                       T    Caerwent            Sept. 30th

Peter Lloyd Stages                               T    Pembrey              Oct. 21st

Wyedean Stages                                  G    Forest of Dean     Nov. 10th


G = Gravel              T = Tarmac / Sealed Surface


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