The Royal Scottish Automobile Club issued a rather brief Press Release this morning. Methinks they are none too chuffed.
Is this a kick in the teeth for Scottish rally fans who want to see the stars of the future, or a blessing to those who think the various 'national' championship competitors get a raw deal when combined with BRC?
Full text of PR follows:
--- RSAC Scottish Rally will not be a round of the 2018 British Rally Championship
The Board of RSAC Motorsport Ltd were very disappointed to be informed by the organisers of the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) that the RSAC Scottish Rally would not be a round of the championship in 2018.
The rally has been supportive of the BRC over many years, through thick and thin, and sometimes to its financial detriment.
In 2017, the rally moved from its usual June date specifically to accommodate the desire of the championship to introduce a foreign event to its calendar, and additionally changed many other aspects of the event including the route, service area and finish venue to suit BRC requirements, notwithstanding the challenges these created for the organising team and the adverse impact on the event’s financial budget.
Despite this news, planning for next year’s event is already well underway, with a focus on providing a great event and experience for both competitors and spectators.
With the ongoing valued support and engagement of Dumfries & Galloway Council and the organisers of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, the organising team look forward to welcoming everyone to the region for the 2018 Scottish Rally.