MSA As­phalt cham­pi­onship canned for 2017 as long-time co-or­di­na­tor re­tires

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The MSA As­phalt Rally Cham­pi­onship will not run in 2017 af­ter the re­tire­ment of long time co-or­di­na­tor An­drew Haill.

The cham­pi­onship had been set to re­ceive a new co-or­di­na­tor in Jane Evans, but she has had to step back from the role due to per­sonal rea­sons. There­fore the or­gan­is­ers – the BTRDA – have elected not to run the series this year.

A state­ment read: “The MSA and BTRDA have agreed to rest the MSA As­phalt Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2017 fol­low­ing the re­tire­ment of long-time cham­pi­onship co­or­di­na­tor An­drew Haill.

“Both par­ties recog­nise that this news will dis­ap­point com­peti­tors but they can rest as­sured that the cham­pi­onship will be re­launched and rein­vig­o­rated in 2018.”

Rob Jones, MSA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, said: “With the pace of the lat­est cars pos­ing chal­lenges for or­gan­is­ers, and with the fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties of closed roads leg­is­la­tion for this par­tic­u­lar cham­pi­onship and dis­ci­pline, the MSA and BTRDA have agreed that now is the time to re­group, re­fo­cus and ul­ti­mately re­launch the MSA As­phalt Rally Cham­pi­onship.”

Mike Broad, pres­i­dent of the BTRDA, added: “The BTRDA has not taken this de­ci­sion lightly and has made con­sid­er­able ef­forts to or­gan­ise a wor­thy series for 2017, but it has be­come clear that a sab­bat­i­cal is needed to give us the op­por­tu­nity to achieve this goal for 2018.”

as the event launched the re­birth of the cham­pi­onship af­ter a year’s hia­tus.

“It was a com­pro­mise as to what IMS wanted and what’s prac­ti­cal to run and what stands up to the us­age rates,” ex­plained clerk of the course Chris Tom­ley. “It’s still Hafren and Sweet Lamb but there’s some new mileage in Hafren, a Hafren North stage start­ing in the north east cor­ner. We’ll give them a bit in the south of the woods too.”

The or­gan­is­ers con­firmed that de­tails about the start, fin­ish and ser­vice park will be an­nounced in due course.

As­phalt series is on hold for a year

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