An an­swer must be found

Ral­ly­ing in Wales is un­der threat and ac­tion is needed

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

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)

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