We need to act be­fore it’s too late

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - Jack Benyon

Last chance saloon is a tired old phrase, but I can’t think of a bet­ter one to use in the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion. The MSA has ex­hausted al­most ev­ery an­gle for reach­ing an agree­ment with Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales and the clock is tick­ing to­wards that June 1 dead­line. Can ral­ly­ing sur­vive with­out Wales? It’s a tough one. The an­swer? I’d say no.

Yes, there are pri­vate forests that can be used for ral­ly­ing. But some of the greatest for­est roads will be lost to the sport.

So, what can we do? I say ‘ we’ as some­one who spent the best part of 12 years liv­ing in Wales. I’ll be right there cam­paign­ing. With an elec­tion to­mor­row vot­ing in the mem­bers of the new Na­tional Assem­bly, it’s vi­tal that MPS are aware of the im­por­tance of ral­ly­ing to Wales, and that mo­tor­sport fans do want to save ral­ly­ing in the na­tion. With a thriv­ing ral­ly­ing in­dus­try as pop­u­lar in Wales (if not more pop­u­lar) than in Scotland and Eng­land, its sur­vival is vi­tal.

While I en­cour­age any ac­tion to be taken peace­fully and re­spect­fully, fans of ral­ly­ing must unite in or­der to help find a so­lu­tion. It’s no time for blam­ing ei­ther party, or turn­ing your back on other ele­ments of ral­ly­ing. I was shocked over the week­end as many Bri­tish fans merely fo­cused on the Pirelli Carlisle and had no time what­so­ever for Wales’ plight. The time to act is now, be­fore it’s far too late.


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