IRE­LAND SET FOR CRUNCH IN­SUR­ANCE TALKS JACK BENYON

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Motorsport Ire­land was due to hold cri­sis talks with clubs ear­lier this week in an at­tempt to solve an in­sur­ance is­sue that could ef­fec­tively end motorsport com­pe­ti­tion in the coun­try in 2017.

MI is strug­gling to find an af­ford­able un­der­writer for its events af­ter a num­ber of in­ci­dents prior to the 2016 sea­son. The hike in in­sur­ance costs would force clubs to in­crease en­try fees to cover the ex­pen­di­ture of run­ning events.

A meet­ing, which was de­layed from early Jan­uary, was due to take place yes­ter­day (Tues­day) as Motorsport Ire­land presents op­tions to clubs. Motorsport Ire­land chair­man Alex Sin­clair told MN: “It’s still very much un­de­cided. We have a meet­ing with the clubs on Tues­day [Jan 10] and we hope to get some clar­ity from that in terms of the right di­rec­tion.

“There’s no point us dic­tat­ing to them [the clubs] be­cause if the clubs can’t man­age [the cost] then there’s no point go­ing down that par­tic­u­lar route, we need to reach a con­sen­sus and find a way of mov­ing for­ward.

“Let’s see if we can find an op­tion at the meet­ing or we’ll have to have an­other post­pone­ment [of events].”

Four events in Jan­uary were post­poned, while the mo­tor­cy­cle and club racing sea­sons could be cur­tailed if the clubs and MI don’t agree on the di­rec­tion to take.

Fu­ture ral­ly­ing in Ire­land is in jeop­ardy

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