Take ac­tion now

Motor Sport News - - Have Your Say -

Surely it is time for ral­ly­ing and the gov­ern­ing body, the Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion, to make a more proac­tive ap­proach to­wards the is­sues with Nat­u­ral Re­source Wales in or­der to re­duce dam­age to the roads and se­cure the use of these roads at an eco­nomic rate for the fu­ture. There are mea­sures we can take now to limit the dam­age to the roads and the costs of re­pair.

Run­ning four-wheel-drive cars at the front of the field with ag­gres­sive tyre pat­terns, clever dif­fer­en­tials and torque de­stroys the top road sur­face very early in the run­ning of the rally. Ev­ery sub­se­quent car then causes more dam­age.

If lower-pow­ered cars ran first, the road sur­face would re­main in­tact for far longer. Then it would only be when the four-wheel drives and high pow­ered two-wheel drives that run later that the sur­face would be­come dis­turbed. The roads would stay in bet­ter con­di­tion longer this way.

Ral­ly­ing should take a lead from cross coun­try events. They run four­wheel-drive cars with more than 400bhp on Cat­e­gory A for­est roads at a third of the cost of the fee for ral­lies.

Why? Be­cause of a con­trol tyre. It is a more eco-friendly tyre that does less dam­age to the road sur­face. These tyres are off-road tyres that are com­monly found on four-wheel drive road ve­hi­cles.

Let’s talk to NRW, work with it and in­tro­duce re­verse seed­ing now to limit im­me­di­ately the dam­age to the roads. The other up­side is that your li­cence hold­ers may en­joy the Cross Coun­try rate, only hav­ing to pay £200 per mile rather than the cur­rent £680 per mile for Cat­e­gory A roads.

Si­mon Wal­lis Via email

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