Merrick rally wins new sponsor

The Merrick Stages Rally has secured a major sponsorship deal which will underpin the Wigtown-based event for the next three years.

The support has come from GWF Energy, one of Scotland’s leading suppliers of diesel and gas generators.

Managing director Nigel Feeney has himself competed in the Merrick several times in recent years as a driver in the MSA Scottish Rally Championship.

Rally manager Allan Marshall described the sponsorship deal as “great news” – not only for the Wigtown event, but also for the local economy.

“To secure a three-year deal in the present climate is a huge bonus,” he said, “which will take the Merrick to new heights, secure its future in Wigtown and provide a welcome stimulus to the area’s struggling economy.

“To have someone with the business credentials of GWF Energy sponsoring our rally is also a tremendous boost for the organising committee. I look forward to working with Nigel and his team over the next three years.”

Glasgow-based GWF Energy sponsored a stage on the Merrick last year, and Mr Feeney described his company’s enhanced support for the event as the logical next step forward. He said: “The current rallying in scene in Scotland has remained strong over the past few years, even in light of the current economic situation. It’s this strength that has helped GWF to decide where our advertising efforts are directed. In particular, I feel the Merrick offers some of the very best stages to compete on in the country. Living in South Ayrshire, it’s the nearest of the SRC events, and I’ve always regarded it as my home rally.”

Mr Feeney added: “We hope that sponsoring the Merrick will help GWF Energy to continue to build its brand in the Scottish and northern English territories, and we also intend to make use of the event for entertainment of existing and new customers.”

GWF Energy, founded in 2010, specialises in the supply, installation, commissioning and servicing of diesel and gas generating sets. Since early last year, it has been the Scottish dealer for the Cummins Power Generation range of diesel and gas generators. GWF also supplies the full range of Valvoline Motor & Racing Oils along with Fleetguard Filters.

The GWF Energy Merrick Stages Rally will take place on Saturday, September 7, and will count as the sixth round of the 2013 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship.