Richards:club eventsneed­help

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Mo­tor Sports As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man David Richards be­lieves club­men-style events like the Neil Howard Stages need to be cel­e­brated more than top events in or­der to keep mo­tor­sport alive.

The Pro­drive boss and 1981 World Rally cham­pion co-driver com­peted on his first stage rally in 10 years on last week­end’s Oul­ton Park event, hav­ing been in­vited by the Mo­tor­sport News Cir­cuit Rally Cham­pi­onship.

“It’s so good to see the club events like this do­ing well, and you look at the en­thu­si­asm of ev­ery­one in­volved and tak­ing part,” said Richards, who has high­lighted stim­u­lat­ing the grass­roots of UK mo­tor­sport as a key tar­get of his reign at the sport’s UK gov­ern­ing body.

“That’s what it should be – it should be stim­u­lat­ing. They’ve looked af­ter me well and it’s a re­ally well or­gan­ised event.

“We should cel­e­brate this sort of event, rather than fo­cus on the pro­fes­sional higher events that we’re used to. We would lose mo­tor­sport oth­er­wise.”

Richards co-drove Gra­ham Cof­fey’s Ford Fi­esta RS WRC and the pair­ing took sev­enth over­all. Cof­fey added: “We’ve en­joyed it. But, there’d have been a spot­light on me if I’d have crashed it with David Richards along­side you!”

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