Woodpecker Rally will be 'in for a treat' next month, says clerk of course Pete Wood

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CLERK of the course Pete Wood thinks competitors and spectators will be in for a treat at next month’s Eventsigns Woodpecker Stages Rally.

Wood says he has ‘never seen the stages in such a fantastic condition’ for the annual event, which is based at Ludlow Racecourse

The event is one of the most popular events in the BTRDA National gravel rally championship and will kick off on Friday, August 29.

Wood said: ““The Forestry Commission re-graded the stages pretty much straight away after last year’s event and they have been untouched ever since.

It’s great to see them in such great shape and we are sure the competitors will love them too.

“It gives everyone a fair attempt over the stages and allows all competitors to take advantage of the fantastic condition in the forests.”

He added: “We think the format will be beneficial for all and it would be great to see a top quality entry like we have seen on other rounds of the BTRDA championship so far this season.

“We think the rally offers something for everyone at all levels and look forward to welcoming everyone to Ludlow at the end of August.”

The all-gravel rally offers 43 stage miles across some of the best forest stages in the country.

This year sees a return to the short but challenging Bringewood stage which will open the proceedings on Saturday morning, before the traditional blast through Haye Park and Radnor Forest.

This year sees a return to the short but challenging Bringewood stage which will open the proceedings on Saturday morning, before the traditional blast through Haye Park and Radnor Forest.

It will welcome competitors from all corners of the UK and beyond to contest the event organised by the Sixty and Worcester Motor Club on Saturday, August 30.

The event plays host to the BTRDA National Rally series, MSA English and MSA Welsh Rally Championships, alongside a host of popular regional championships and newly-formed Land Rover Defender Challenge.

The first competitors will leave the start ramp at 8.30am on Saturday morning returning for the mid-event service halt through the day, before heading back to the ceremonial finish later that afternoon.

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