MN SAYS... Cal­en­dar clashes must stop

It’s not a new prob­lem, but it re­ally is about time it was solved

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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

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