MN’S RAL­LY­CROSS RE­PORTER “The Hansen name cer­tainly brings pres­sure”

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James Photos:, Colin Casser­ley

Na­tional Hot Rod boss Deane Wood is con­duct­ing a re­view of reg­u­la­tions in the cat­e­gory with the aim of cut­ting costs, and he is ask­ing driv­ers for their in­put.

He re­cently is­sued a state­ment say­ing that sev­eral areas of the space­framed cars will be looked at in an at­tempt to make the cat­e­gory more af­ford­able for com­peti­tors and new­com­ers.

Wood, whose Spede­worth Motorsport op­er­a­tion heads up Na­tional Hot Rods, said: “We will be look­ing at a num­ber of is­sues – things like the shock ab­sorbers and the dif­fusers. There could even be an ar­gu­ment to in­tro­duce a spec en­gine to limit the costs of de­vel­op­ments in that area too.

“At the mo­ment, these are only ideas and I am happy to talk to any­one to forge a way for­ward. This is not go­ing to sud­denly make cars ob­so­lete – we would be mad to do that, but we are look­ing at the fu­ture.

“We want to en­cour­age peo­ple to take part in the cat­e­gory and this is a good way of do­ing that.

“There are still some prob­lems with dam­age in the races too, but we are work­ing hard to sort that out to a large de­gree with good polic­ing of the driv­ing stan­dards. Now we are look­ing at the cars as well.”

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