Many of the world’s greatest gravel forest stages will come together to form the 2022 Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championship with an exciting eight round calendar planned for next year.
Four rounds of the series, organised by the Welsh Association of Motor Clubs, will be based in Mid Wales. Most events will feature an ultra-compact one-day format, with around 45 stage miles and minimal road mileage.
Thanks to the outstanding road regrading work of Rally4Wales, the Welsh forest stages are always in excellent condition. This has enabled event organisers to run double use rallies with little or no deterioration in road condition, especially in the Mid Wales forests and the events run in the summer months.
The 2022 Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championship starts with Rally North Wales in Dolgellau on Saturday, March 26. Organised by Wolverhampton & South Staffs Car Club, the event contains challenging stages in the nearby Dyfi and Gartheiniog forests.
Round two will be the Rallynuts Stages Rally on Saturday, April 9. Organised by Midland Manor Motor Club, this event is based at the Royal Welsh Showground in Llanelwedd with stages in the famous Myherin, Sweet Lamb and Hafren forests.
Round five will be the Nicky Grist Stages in Builth Wells on Saturday, July 9. With the start, finish and service area all located in the town centre, the event is organised by Quinton Motor Club and will contain super-smooth stages in classic Mid Wales forests in and around the Epynt military range, including Crychan and Halfway.
The Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally is another hugely popular event, with some fantastic stages in Radnor Forest. Organised by The Sixty and Worcestershire Motor Club, this event was praised this year for reformatting and running with incredibly few road miles.
It will be back in 2022 to host round six on its traditional date of Saturday, September 3 and with a route including a return to Haye Park.
The eighth and final round will be the Visit Conwy Cambrian Rally in Llandudno on Saturday, October 29, organised by the North Wales Car Club.
“It’s fantastic to be able to put together a 2022 Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championship calendar with eight high quality events included, and I'd like to thank the rally event organisers and their teams for their enthusiastic approach to the new year,” said championship secretary, Dave Evison.
“It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Welsh National Rally Championship and if any individual or company would like to join us as a partner or supporter then please do get in touch.”
Further details on the Motorsport UK Pirelli Welsh National Rally Championship can be found online at: wnrc.wamc.org.uk.
Olly Hunt from Newtown and co-driver Andy Falconer in their Subaru Impreza.
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