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MSA: British racing in good shape

Colin HiltonThe Motor Sport Association's chief executive, Colin Hilton, says the sport is in good strength in Britain despite the current financial crisis.

Speaking at this morning's opening of the Autosport International show in Birmingham, Hilton revealed that British motorsport is at least as strong as it was this time last year, although he did express his concerns about the industry as a whole.

"I'm not particularly concerned by the sport, looking at our licence renewals they're stacking up more than last year in fact," Hilton said on the Autosport central stage.

"Applications for race licences are up - as an expenditure they are quite small so people do tend to renew them even if they're going to do less motorsport. I am more concerned about the industry than the sport."

Hilton also believes that having a British world champion will increase the popularity of motorsport in the country and says Lewis Hamilton is already giving back to the sport at a lower level.

"He's and ideal role model and he's lifted the profile of motorsport within the general media," Hilton added. "He's also been very helpful to us - we launched our Go Motorsport campaign at McLaren with Lewis.

"He is giving back. People don't see it, but he is giving back to the sport. It's all about profile and being a role model. If he can do it, others can do it too."

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