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Motorsport UK Championship (Rallies) Regulations Change Consultation - please read.

We are indebted to Dave Thomas, ANWCC Championship Coordinator, for the following notes and comments.

ADDENDUM In November 2021 Motorsport UK published a proposal to add a new regulation that would limit calendar changes in the Rallies Championships.

In compliance with the process of consultation DVT submitted his thoughts, on behalf of ANWCC. Nothing further was heard although it is known that the document was received at Motorsport House. At our meeting Steve Johnson reported that the Rules Committee meeting held earlier that same day had approved the proposal, despite objections which were not taken into consideration. As the next step is for the proposals to be presented to the Motorsport UK Board for final acceptance and added to the Blue Book, the following was sent to Hugh Chambers, CEO and David Richards, Chairman at Motorsport UK. The message has been acknowledged and discussion has occurred between Hugh Chambers (CEO, Motorsport UK), Phil Foster (Regional Committee Chairman) and Nicky Moffitt (Rallies Committee Chairman) who is the proposer.

At the time of publishing these minutes (1st June) a brief response had been received from Hugh Chambers, but did not answer the many questions raised. See June issue of Spotlight magazine. We are sharing this information with member clubs, as it highlights that proposals are not publicised sufficiently, people affected do not submit their views, and the consultation process is not fit for purpose. MOTORSPORT UK PROPOSED NEW REGULATION R1.1.11, viz: 1.1.11 Contrary to D11.2 if a Championship round is cancelled, or changes its date, due to reasons of force majeure the Championship organisers may arrange for an alternative date, or date for an event to be included in their Championship calendar.

Only one such change to a Championship calendar will be permitted during the duration of that particular Championship and the proposed amendment must be subject to motorsport UK approval and will only be permitted if less that 15% of the competitors registered for the Championship object to the change in writing.

Reason: To provide a mechanism for Rally Championships to change the date of one round within their Championship with a lower percentage of approval than allowed for in regulation D11.2. So, let’s look at Regulation D11.2 as it is in the 2022 “Blue Book”, viz (D) 11.2. Where a Championship Permit has been issued, Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations may not be amended after publication unless Motorsport UK and all competitors registered for the Championship agree in writing to the alteration. Such amendments must be circulated to all Registered Competitors, Championship Stewards, Eligibility Scrutineer, Clubs organising Rounds of the Championship and to Motorsport UK.

Why does the new R1.1.11 relating to Calendar changes refer to D11.2 when there is no mention of Calendar in D11.2? How did the proposed R1.1.11 come about – who proposed it, and why? It would be appreciated if they could give a reason that is correct - D11.2 does not preclude calendar changes? Why only one date change permitted, see the example I have given below, relating to our Targa Championship. Relevant to this is regulation W1.4, viz Stage Rallying (W) 1.4. Normally only Clubs or Associations which have been recognised by Motorsport UK for more than two years are permitted to apply for Championship registration or a Championship Permit. Once a Club or Association has registered a Championship, or has been issued a Permit, it takes responsibility for controlling all Sporting, Technical, Financial and Calendar matters and must guarantee prize money as published.

That regulation defines four areas of a Championship – Sporting (e.g. points scoring systems and awards), Technical (anything to do with the vehicles, including class eligibility), Financial (such as entry fees and sponsorship) and Calendar (start and finish, and dates for events). W1.4 also states the permit holder takes responsibility, this is endorsed by W1.1.4.3, viz Championship Regulation Section W … 1.1.4.3.

The organisation and control of a Championship or Series shall at all times rest with the Championship Permit holder, subject to these Regulations. Then we have … General (W) 1.1.8. Where a Championship Permit has been issued, Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations may not be amended after publication unless Motorsport UK and all competitors registered for the Championship agree in writing to the alteration. Such amendments must be circulated to all Registered Competitors, Championship Stewards, Eligibility Scrutineer, Clubs organising Rounds of the Championship and to Motorsport UK. Why repeat regulation D11.2 word for word? And … Stage Rallying (W) 1.4.1.

Proposals to alter any of the Sporting or Technical Regulations for the Championship after registration or the issue of a Permit must be notified to Motorsport UK for approval before publicity and must comply with D.11. Again, no reference to Calendar changes. As an aside, the above mentions Championship Permits. The “permit” issued for our Association championships actually states “Championship Registration” and says “In holding these Regulations on file and on issuing a Championship Registration no approval of the Regulations by Motorsport UK is either given or implied.” So, is it a permit or an acknowledgement of a championship? The “only one change” will cause huge complications for every championship.

To give an example, just look at the 2022 ANWCC Targa Rally Championship. The first round should have been an event organised by Bala & District MC – however, due to the venue withdrawing approval for the given date (due to wanting another event there) a new date was agreed and our calendar was changed to reflect that. This change was made before entries opened. Then our second round, organised by Stockport 061 MC and already with a nearly full entry list (which included many ANWCC championship contenders) had their venue owners withdraw permission – it is MoD land and was required for military due to the troubles in Ukraine.

A new date, later in the year, has been agreed. If the proposed R1.1.11 were in force then this event would have to be dropped from the championship, disappointing the organisers and many championship contenders. Is this the intention of the committee? – to have events cancelled due to events outside their control.

How are we to encourage organisers and competitors with this sort of action. It has to be borne in mind that organisers of events, and championships, are volunteers. Looking back to last year’s (2021) championships – would the British Rally Championship have been completed? How many events in this and other championships would have lost championship status, and thereby possibly have been cancelled with resultant financial loss and competitor support?

So, where do we go from here? The proposal should be scrapped as written … the reason given is incorrect and totally misleading, as the current D11.2 does not prevent Calendar changes. The “15% objections” may be acceptable, but only for those areas currently defined in D11.2. Suggest amend as follows. (D) 11.2. Where a Championship Permit has been issued, Championship Sporting and Technical Regulations may not be amended after publication unless Motorsport UK and all (no more than 15% of the) competitors registered for the Championship agree in writing to the alteration.

Such amendments must be circulated to all Registered Competitors, Championship Stewards, Eligibility Scrutineer, Clubs organising Rounds of the Championship and to Motorsport UK. If the proposal is approved, then how long will it take Motorsport UK to approve changes – bear in mind the time scale required to organise events. Delays could not be tolerated. Also … if the proposal does become “law” and this happens … 20% vote against a change, 30% vote for, 50% abstain … what would be the outcome? Would the change be disallowed, or would majority rule?

The whole situation also gives rise to some other questions … … why is it only to apply to Rallies? There are many other disciplines, and calendar date changes are not unknown with other events. D11.2 is a Common Regulation applying to all disciplines. … why have championship registrations (permits), for the past few years, had the additional rider to say that Calendar changes are subject to D11.2 … yet the Blue Book has remained unchanged? … what action will be taken against Championships, and their officials, who ignore the new D1.1.11 if it does get approved? Or those who have ignored the rider over the past few years? Also relevant to this are the Championship Regulations issued by the Championship organisers, and which are submitted to Motorsport UK who have then issued the Permits: In ANWCC (Association of North-Western Car Clubs) we have regulation 1.6, viz: [1.6]

The qualifying events will be a series of Interclub status events, or Clubman status for events that comply with D 4.5.4, organised by member clubs of the ANWCC. The provisional list of qualifying events is included with these regulations, the list is correct at time of going to press. If a change of date is enforced by instances outside the control of ANWCC then championship status may be retained at the discretion of the Championship Co-Ordinator, along with the Championship Stewards, whose decision is final. Changes will be published on www.anwcc.co.uk and in any newsletters published by the Association, either by e-mail or by post. By signing-up for the championships the competitor is signing-up to the championship regulations, so is agreeing that changes can be made.

The contract is between the competitor and the Championship organisers.

Dave V Thomas Championships Co-Ordinator Association of North-Western Car Club

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