Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Rally - The next step

A certain columnist in Wednesday's (19 April) 'Motorsport News' is posing the question: "Where do the Juniors go from here?"

Much has been done over the past 6 years to create a budget rally category for 14-17 year olds who want to drive rally cars, but what happens when they turn 17, get their full licence and want to go big-time rallying? What is the next affordable step up, or is there one?

Wouldn't it be good if there was a UK one-make affordable National series, that can be replicated in regional championships in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The series would need to accommodate current production models and past production cars.

I don't see any motor manufacturer backing such an idea, but perhaps a tyre firm or parts manufacturer might be tempted. Ford, Citroen and Peugeot all have current and past machinery which could be used and parts are readily available.

Which brings us to the perennial question of seeding, where would such a category run in the new order of rallying?

If something isn't done then the whole question of attracting enough Officials and Marshals to organise rallies won't be a problem any more - there won't be any competitors who can afford to go rallying.

Just a thought.

Final point - A lot of folk complain that the weekly paper costs £3.50 - but it lasts longer than a Big Mac and is much more fulfilling!

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