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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.