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Scottish Motor Sports (SMS) and the Motor Sports Association (MSA) are pleased to reveal that Transport Scotland will launch a public consultation on developing new legislation facilitating closed-road motorsport.

New legislation empowering local authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act for authorised motorsport events commenced last year in England and earlier this year in Wales, following a long campaign by the MSA and the wider motorsport community. Read More »

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The world of motorsport is celebrating its dedicated volunteer marshals and officials during FIA Volunteers Weekend (19-20 May), with the entire community encouraged to show its appreciation on social media.

Volunteers are the power behind motorsport; whether marshals or scrutineers, clerks or stewards, timekeepers or rescue crews, the sport could not happen without them. In the UK there are currently 9,539 registered marshals, meaning the MSA is on course to register more marshals than ever before this year. There are also 3,200 highly trained officials, ensuring that events are run safely and fairly. Read More »

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) is seeking applications from individuals to join several of the rule-making Specialist Committees representing the various types of UK motorsport.

The Specialist Committees meet two or three times a year, normally at Motor Sports House, to discuss new regulations and other issues. They recommend regulation changes to the Motor Sports Council, which then approves them for ratification by the MSA Board. Read More »

In a move designed to support two-wheel-drive and historic competitors, the Motor Sports Association (MSA) has relaxed its position to allow for split fields and more flexible seeding in stage rallying.

In 2015, the MSA reinforced the principle of running a single field, seeded in performance order. However, three years’ progress with rally safety has 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. Read More »

After twelve years at the MSA including the last four and a half years as Chief Executive, Rob Jones has announced that he is taking early retirement, effective from 31 May 2018.

Jones explained his decision: “It’s the end of a very significant era for the MSA. First, we have seen the publication of the Fatal Accident Inquiry report three years after the tragic deaths of four spectators, which recognises the MSA’s on-going commitment to improving rally safety to ensure the sport’s future. Secondly, we have achieved landmark legislation securing closed roads for motor sport in England and Wales. Read More »

In a landmark development for Welsh motor sport, new laws facilitating closed-road events came into force today (2 February), following a long campaign by the MSA and the motor sport community.

The MSA spent several years campaigning for a change in the law to allow local authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act for authorised motor sport events, without requiring individual Acts of Parliament. New enabling legislation commenced in England on 10 April 2017.

Following a further consultation, the Welsh Government has now published its own statutory instrument facilitating closed-road motor sport in Wales. As in England, it names the MSA and its sister governing body for two-wheel UK motor sport, the Auto-Cycle Union (ACU), as the authorising bodies for closed-road motor sport events. Read More »

New MSA Chairman, David Richards CBE, outlined his vision for the future of UK motorsport during the Motorsport Safety Fund Watkins Lecture at Autosport International today (12 January).

During a wide-ranging speech to an audience of 500 members of the motor sport community, Richards reflected on both the challenges and opportunities facing the sport over the next five years. Read More »

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) welcomes five new Directors in 2018, led by David Richards CBE as the new Chairman of the MSA Board.

Non-Executive Directors may be appointed by the Motor Sports Council, the Nominations Committee of the MSA Board and the Royal Automobile Club. Additionally, the MSA Chief Executive, Finance Director and General Secretary serve as Executive Directors.

For 2018, the Motor Sports Council has nominated four new non-Executive Directors: Mike Broad, former British Rally Champion co-driver and Chairman of the MSA Rally Championships Steering Group; David Lapworth, Technical Director of Prodrive and Chairman of the MSA Technical Committee; Richard Norbury, Chairman of the MSA Judicial Committee; and Ian Watson, General Manager of the British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) and Chairman of the MSA Race Committee. Read More »

The MSA has congratulated Jean Todt on his re-election as FIA President and Graham Stoker on his re-appointment as FIA Deputy President for Sport.

Todt was handed a third term in office with a unanimous show of hands at the FIA’s General Assembly in Paris last week (8 December). “It is gratifying to have such universal support,” said Todt. “I would like to thank all of the Member Clubs of the FIA for their support. I see this as a validation of the direction the FIA has taken under my leadership, and as encouragement to continue the programme we have pursued over the past eight years.” Read More »

The Motor Sports Association (MSA) will make significant changes to its governance structures and processes from 2018 following detailed analysis of the recommendations of a major strategic review.

The review was carried out during 2016 to audit the functions and remit of the governing body. It centred on ten core areas of the MSA’s operations, the first being Board, Structure and Governance, with an MSA Board working group established to work through the recommendations.

A key outcome from the review is the reconfirmation of the MSA Board’s primacy in the governance of UK motor sport. It also recognised that the Board is ultimately accountable for all decisions that are taken on its behalf by Motor Sports Council, the sport’s rule-making body. Therefore, from 2018 the Chairman of Motor Sports Council will recommend all rule changes to the MSA Board, which will then be responsible for their ratification. Read More »