Rally track­ing sys­tem de­layed by MSA

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The Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion has de­layed the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a manda­tory track­ing sys­tem for rally cars, which was set for early 2017.

The sport’s gov­ern­ing body has con­firmed the name of the com­pany of the sys­tem it has cho­sen – Kwik­trak – but it has de­cided that as the ne­go­ti­a­tions are yet to be fin­ished, it would not be fair to force events into im­ple­ment­ing the sys­tem un­der such short no­tice.

Rob Jones, MSA chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We are pleased to be able to con­firm that MSA is ne­go­ti­at­ing with Kwik­trak re­gard­ing the sup­ply of a live ve­hi­cle track­ing sys­tem, which will rep­re­sent a very sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward for stage rally safety.

“Work­ing to­wards a date for im­ple­men­ta­tion has taken longer than we had an­tic­i­pated how­ever, and it is now clear that our pre­vi­ous tar­get of the first events of the 2017 sea­son was too op­ti­mistic. As soon as we are able, we will con­firm a re­vised timetable for in­tro­duc­tion.”

MN un­der­stands that the sys­tem is now un­likely to be in­tro­duced be­fore the mid­dle of next sea­son.

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