from July 1 onwards
It was quite late last Friday afternoon when the news came in that the national governing body, the Motor Sports Association, had decided to relax its position on the seeding of rallies from July 1 onwards. On the face of it, it was a simple tweak to the rulebook. In reality, this is a massive shot in the arm for the discipline.
National rallying has been under the cosh since the running order was changed a couple of years ago, but that was a necessity brought about amid searching inquiries into fatal accidents that had been instigated after two incidents. Rallying was under pressure to alter its ways, otherwise the future might have looked much, much darker.
The seeding order change had the effect of many people leaving their rally cars in garages, rather than face unsustainable damage to their machines. There had to be a solution to the legislation which was strangling the sport. Now, at last, it is here. This is a very positive step from the Motor Sports Association.
Matt James, Editor (Twitter: @MattJMNews)