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Rallying in Wales is under threat and action is needed
It’s easy to get the feeling that National Resources Wales, which has called for the hike in forest fees for rallying, simply wants to banish the sport from its patch. It’s absolutely correct that the environment needs to be protected. Anyone with any sense realised this is a real issue years ago, and motorsport cannot afford to ignore that.
However, the magnitude of the increase and the stark contrast to the deals in England and Scotland suggest there might be more going on in Wales. One can only hope it is somehow linked with this week’s elections and that, once they are out the way, some level of negotiation can take place. It is hard to see how rallying can continue in Wales under the current proposal.
The situation with the bogey times in Carlisle last weekend was also unfortunate, if potentially less damaging. It seems crazy that the leading battle was spoiled by drivers being too quick. That said, the rules are in the MSA Blue Book, so it seems this was a case of the organisers underestimating the pace of the latest R5s. Mistakes happen. Hopefully it is a warning for other organisers and can be avoided in future. The British Rally Championship has been one of 2016’s success stories, so we want the intriguing title fight between Elfyn Evans and Fredrik Ahlin to be fought out fair and square. And flat-out.
Kevin Turner, Editor (Twitter: @KRT917)