MN SAYS... Calendar clashes must stop
It’s not a new problem, but it really is about time it was solved
So, which event to go to? World Endurance at Silverstone, British Touring Cars at Donington Park, or British GT at Brands Hatch? To avoid choosing between the three leading contemporary series in the UK last weekend (and because I like old stuff), I instead went to Castle Combe for the 50th anniversary of the Historic Sports Car Club.
In all seriousness, all four were worthy of attention – and WEC and the BTCC really were too geographically close together not to split fan loyalties – and it’s a great shame enthusiasts had to choose. Not to mention the extra strain the clashes placed on finding enough officials and marshals. Surely the sport can organise itself better than this?
There seem to be two main problems. The first is the ever-growing (and sometimes changing) F1 calendar, which most try to avoid. Unsuccessfully last weekend. The second is not having an organisation taking responsibility for the calendar.
One would think the MSA was the most obvious candidate, but would some of the bigger organisers listen if the MSA asked them to move? Probably not. Perhaps the answer is a separate body with representatives from key championships and circuits. Motorsport has enough rivals for people’s time without splitting the fanbase it already has. Kevin Turner, Editor