Motorsport Ire­land signs in­sur­ance deal

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After sign­ing a new in­sur­ance deal, events in Ire­land will be able to go ahead for the rest of the year, al­beit with a fee rise.

The rise in in­sur­ance costs comes in the face of the sport’s gov­ern­ing body in Ire­land – Motorsport Ire­land – at­tempt­ing to keep the pre­mi­ums down for motorsport in the coun­try. Although last year fea­tured few ma­jor ac­ci­dents, the coun­try has suf­fered ma­jor in­ci­dents in re­cent years which has forced in­sur­ers to charge more.

The levy for events means com­peti­tors for In­ter­na­tional multi stage events will face a ex­tra cost of £332, while Forestry events fea­ture a hike of £66.

The Gal­way In­ter­na­tional Rally – the open­ing round of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Cham­pi­onship – will be able to go ahead and will fea­ture an en­try fee of £1057.

MI have been praised for fi­nal­is­ing a deal, de­spite the fee rises. The last time the sport fea­tured an in­sur­ance cri­sis as crit­i­cal as this year was 30 years ago, when there was a six-month pe­riod without ral­ly­ing in the coun­try. The Done­gal In­ter­na­tional rally in 1987 opened the sea­son.

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