The MSA has granted the first Event Organising Permit for a closed-road competition in England to Chelmsford Motor Club (CMC) for a stage rally in Essex next April.
New legislation facilitating closed-road motor sport commenced on 10 April this year, following a long campaign by the MSA. The first full event under these new laws is set to be a stage rally of up to 45 competitive miles near Clacton-on-Sea on 22 April 2018.
The MSA inspected CMC’s original proposed route in July and has since worked with the club to develop its plans. The governing body has now issued a Permit, which allows CMC to apply to Essex Highways for a Motor Race Order under legislation set out in the Deregulation Act 2015.
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “The granting of this MSA Permit is a landmark moment for British motorsport; we campaigned long and hard to achieve closed-road legislation and now the first event is within sight. We have been working closely with Chelmsford Motor Club and will continue to do so, to help ensure that the local area benefits from a safe and successful event that paves the way for others to follow.”
Independent research commissioned by the MSA and conducted by the Sport Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University has shown that local communities across Britain could generate up to £40m of additional revenue by closing roads to host a limited number of motor sport events.
The MSA is pleased to announce that the Hillclimb and Sprint Association (HSA) will be taking over the organisation of the MSA British Sprint Championship from 2019. Read more
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) and Dare to be Different (D2BD) are teaming up to offer 120 girls the chance to try motorsport free at Silverstone next month (28 October). Read more
The Motor Sports Association (MSA) has committed to an in-depth review of competitor safety equipment over the next two years. This will explore a raft of initiatives, including strategies to reduce the burden on competitors of the unnecessary replac... Read more
Fifteen delegates and four future trainers took part in the first oneday MSA Rally Stage Commander refresher training in Bolton on 4 August, delivered by MSA Trainer, Jon Binns. Initial feedback has been excellent and nominations are still being acc... Read more
Seven promising young rally co-drivers have been selected for exclusive coaching on the 2017 MSA Academy development programme, led by Nicky Grist and Paul Spooner. Read more
MSA Bambino kart racing for competitors as young as seven could be introduced from 2018 after a trial race at Buckmore Park proved successful. Read more
Many MSA members will be aware of Vnuk, a 2014 European Court judgement that threatens the future of all UK motorsport. Read more
The MSA Academy congratulates Team UK’s Chris Ingram on being crowned the 2017 FIA European U27 Junior Rally Champion and ERC3 Champion on Rally Liepaja, the final round of the championship (8 September). Read more