CLUBS QUES­TION NEW RACE LI­CENCE RULES

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Two of the UK’S lead­ing race or­gan­is­ers have raised con­cerns with the MSA’S new rule that re­quires drivers of cars with a high power-to-weight ra­tio to have a Na­tional A li­cence.

The new rule will be in­tro­duced next sea­son ( MN, July 20) and will af­fect cars with a power-to-weight ra­tio of 0.34bhp/kg or more. But both the 750 Mo­tor Club and Clas­sic Sports Car Club feel the move could have a nega­tive im­pact on grass­roots rac­ers.

The 750MC’S com­pe­ti­tions sec­re­tary Giles Groom­bridge said: “I fully un­der­stand the rea­sons for do­ing it – at the mo­ment there’s noth­ing to stop a com­plete novice from get­ting into some­thing as fast as a GT3 car or his­toric F1 car for ex­am­ple. What could be an is­sue is we have very mixed cat­e­gories with dif­fer­ent classes and the onus would be on us to po­lice it.

“This re­lies on com­peti­tors pro­vid­ing truth­ful and ac­cu­rate data about their cars. Although we do have a rolling road it would be dif­fi­cult lo­gis­ti­cally [to test lots of cars].

“A cou­ple of our cham­pi­onships will be af­fected – the vast ma­jor­ity of Bike­sports cars would be and some RGBS. I’m not sure what the al­ter­na­tive would be but it seems like the MSA were think­ing of GT3 cars when they came up with the rule. Be­cause it [the 0.34 fig­ure] doesn’t in­clude the weight of the driver it’s a prob­lem for cham­pi­onships with light­weight cars.”

The reg­u­la­tion change would also af­fect many of the Cater­hams that run in the CSCC’S Mag­nif­i­cent Sev­ens series, as well as other kit cars and the mod­els used in the Spe­cial Saloons cat­e­gory.

Club com­pe­ti­tions di­rec­tor Hugo Holder said: “It seems very un­fair on peo­ple. Any­thing that in­creases safety we are up for but the way they have done it seems like a tax on the lit­tle man.

“Whilst we agree there should be some sort of re­stric­tion on novices, we lob­bied to have the rule only ap­ply to drivers in cars who have to run with a novice cross, with­out suc­cess. This would have achieved ex­actly the same thing.

“The only dif­fer­ence be­tween this and the new rule, is an ex­tra £32 charge per year per driver [for the up­graded li­cence].”

The MSA was un­avail­able for com­ment as MN went to press.

Bike­sports will also be af­fected CSCC runs mixed grids

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