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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)

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Inside the issue

This month's features include

How can the British rally championship bounce back?
Entries aren't increasing, so is the BRC sustainable in current times? Jack Benyon investigates.

Rallying buoyed by speeding rule change
A rule change allowing two-wheel drive and historic entries to run at the front of rallies for better road conditions could help rejuvenate poor entries in gravel events, according to Motor Sports Association chairman David Richards.

Why rally GB needs to remain loyal to its roots
Kris Meeke picked up my voice recorder, held it close and said: "David Evans agrees with me and he'll be writing about that in his next column."

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