The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has announced today a relaxation of its rules for split fields and more flexible seeding in stage rallying.
For the past 3 years, the MSA has insisted on rallies having to run a single field with competitors seeded in performance order. Improved rally safety has now allowed the governing body to issue new guidelines for running two fields, including a provision to run the first field in reverse seeded order and also to seed by class.
David Richards CBE, MSA Chairman, said: “The MSA’s position on seeding has always been subject to regular review and I’m pleased that we have reached a point where we can once again accommodate two-wheel-drive and historic machinery on the smoothest roads at the front of the field. We have listened to feedback from the sport and trust that this revised approach will be well received by the rallying community.”
The new guidelines allowing more flexible seeding are detailed in the latest version of the SRSRs published today with effect from 1 July:
Do I detect a whiff of common sense emanating from the chimney high above Motorsports House?