MSA invites tenders in UK racing overhaul

The British ASN, the Motor Sports Association, has invited three-year commitments from series organisers wishing to form part of the new structure of professional and semi-professional UK circuit racing, following the review by the UK's Motorsport Strategy Development Group. In future promoted racing will be divided into three categories (single-seater, sportscar and touring car) and each will have five Level 1 (British) championships and Levels 2 and 3 (National) championships

MSA invites tenders in UK racing overhaul

At the top end, Level 1 will comprise the three major existing British championships (respectively British F3, British GT and the British Touring Car Championship), but the remaining slots are to be filled. Within each of Levels 2 and 3, there will be one `open` series and one `one-make` series, totalling 15 championships in all. No championships outside this structure will be permitted to carry the words 'British' or 'National' in their titles.

Since its establishment last year, the MSDG has been considering initiatives to improve the quality of British motorsport at every level. The publication of these `Pro-Race` proposals is the first output from the group and will be followed by similar announcements regarding rallying and club racing later in the summer.

"It's obvious that there are too many championships at present," explained MSDG chairman Alan Gow. "There's a finite number of competitors, so the proliferation of championships spreads the competitor base too thinly. These initiatives are designed both to limit the number of promoted championships and to provide security of tenure for those championships that are endorsed. In so doing, we will establish an identifiable structure that will give people a clearer idea of how the championships fit together, and create a visible path to the top of British circuit racing in whatever discipline people choose."

Full details are now on the MSA website.

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