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NEWS Kartmasters declared one of the ‘best ever’

NEWS Welsh Closed roads consultation: respond now!


NEW SMS ACADEMY TO HELP CREATE GREAT SCOTS The new Scottish Motor Sports Academy announced its first ever cohort of young drivers at the Ignition Festival of Motoring (4 August), with help from Channel 4 F1 presenter Lee McKenzie and 2001 World Rally Champion codriver Robert Reid. The SMS Academy was set up to support riders and drivers aged 14-20 who are showing potential to excel in the sport. The selection panel – including Allan McNish and Niall Mackenzie – had a tough job assessing a huge number of applications but after much deliberation, the following competitors were selected: ƒƒ Ben Dignan (Roybridge, SACU - Trials) ƒƒ Ben Thomson (Kelso, SACU - Enduro)

ƒƒ Dexter Patterson (Glasgow, MSA - Kart)

The SACU has selected an additional four riders from a younger age category (10-14). These four riders will be supported through a ‘Rising Stars’ programme:

ƒƒ Duncan MacColl (Lanarkshire, SACU - Trials)

ƒƒ Christina Palmer (Dunbar, Motocross)

ƒƒ Callum Grigor (Wishaw, SACU Road Race) ƒƒ Cameron Evans (Renfrew, MSA - Kart)

ƒƒ Emily Glanvill (Penicuick, MSA - Race) ƒƒ Gillian McGaw (Kilmarnock, SACU - Road Race) ƒƒ Jack Davidson (Falkirk, MSA - Race) ƒƒ Jack Gordon (Aberdeenshire, MSA -Kart) ƒƒ James Coltart (Perthshire, MSA - Sprint) ƒƒ Jamie Simpson (Ayrshire, SACU - Trials) ƒƒ Jude Macdonald (Inverness, MSA - Jnr Rally) ƒƒ Kyle Best (Cumbernauld, MSA - Kart) ƒƒ Lewis Paterson (Perthshire, SACU - Road Race) ƒƒ Malcolm Summers (Windygates, SACU - Trials) ƒƒ Michael Macpherson (Black Isle, MSA - Race) ƒƒ Peter Beaton (Ardersier, MSA - Jnr Rally) ƒƒ Stuart Mack (East Lothian, SACU – Enduro).


ƒƒ Jamie Galloway (Thornton, Trials) ƒƒ Owen Patterson (Perthshire, Road Race) ƒƒ Ross Galloway (Thornton, Trials). The SMS Academy members will each be allocated a coach. Between now and August 2018, the members will take part in four workshops that will support them in all aspects of their development, equipping them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to maximise their performance. The first SMS Academy workshop will be held on 18 October at Knockhill, where the Academy members will be developing their own performance profiles and learning about MSA Extra / August 2017


sponsorship, among other subjects. The programme will be delivered by fully qualified MSA Level 2 coaches Blair Brown and Malcolm McNab. They will be supported by MSA level 4 Coach, James Wozencroft. Stewart Harris, Chief Executive of Sportscotland, said: “This is an exciting new initiative from our partners at Scottish Motor Sports to support the development of the next generation of one of Scotland’s most successful sports, and we are delighted to be involved.

“The drivers and riders will receive not only top quality coaching, but will also learn the other attributes and skills they will need to develop to succeed in their sport and I hope they will make the most of this terrific opportunity. I wish them every success and look forward to following their progress.”



The latest briefing from your governing body

CHAMPIONS CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF BRITISH HILL CLIMB Every MSA British Hill Climb Champion since 1977 gathered at Shelsley Walsh last weekend (12-13 August) to celebrate the championship’s 70th anniversary. A total of fifteen champions, ten cars and four constructors were on hand. The celebrations included a parade run on the famous mile-long hill, which remains the oldest operational motorsport venue in the world. Alex Summers, 2016 champion, took 2001/02 champion Graeme Wight Jr for a ride, while five-time champion Martyn Griffiths drove 1977 champion Alister Douglas-Osborn. David Franklin, champion in 1978, drove his


competition Ferrari with wife Debbie in the passenger seat. Charles Wardle, 1988 champion, drove a Pilbeam MP43 sportscar, and multiple champion David Grace had a go in Graham Wynn’s Gould GR55. Chris Cramer and Martin Groves where chauffeured in the course car, as Adam Fleetwood borrowed a Caterham for his parade run. Scott Moran drove his championshipwinning Gould. His father Roger, the

1997 champion, got to drive a Chevron. Current championship leader Trevor Willis drove his first OMS race car. Triple champion Martin Bolsover got behind the wheel of a Pilbeam MP43 and Ray Rowan drove his Roman powered by an F1 Judd engine. The weekend was rounded off with the latest round of the 2017 championship. Will Hall recorded the best time of the day with a 23.21-second run.

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MSA ASPHALT RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNS IN 2018 The MSA Asphalt Rally Championship will return in 2018 with new title sponsor Protyre, an exciting TV package and a challenging calendar of events. The revitalised sealed-surface championship is designed to return to its former glory days. It will be open to a wide variety of cars and classes, offering a stepping stone for young drivers and a highly competitive arena for the more experienced competitors. Protyre will also provide the on-event tyre service, supplying all brands of competition tyres at competitive rates to all registered contenders. The company will offer a tyre prize fund and work to help develop the championship on a sporting and commercial basis. Television highlights of each round will be complemented by state-of-the-art live streaming. Jane Evans, championship co-ordinator, said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship back and we’re very excited to be able to announce Protyre as our title sponsor. I’m looking forward to working with them to develop a championship to suit all competitors.

“There is a huge amount of enthusiasm and energy behind the 2018 series, and it was important for us to announce that the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship will return next year as early as possible, to give competitors the maximum amount of time to plan their assault. In making this announcement now, they have eight months to prepare for the opening round!” All sporting aspects are currently being finalised and will be unveiled at the championship launch in September. For more information, follow @msaasphaltrallying on Facebook.

“There is a huge amount of enthusiasm and energy behind the 2018 series”


News LATEST DECISIONS FROM MOTOR SPORTS COUNCIL The latest regulation changes approved by the Motor Sports Council include a series of amendments to clarify the Code 60 procedure in circuit racing. The changes to section (Q) of the MSA Yearbook offer further guidance on the use of Code 60, which was introduced as an optional alternative to the safety car for those clubs wishing to use it. For rallying, there is a new definition in Section (B) of Historic Category 4b, allowing ‘Cars homologated in Groups A, N and B between 1 Jan 1986 and 31 Dec 1990 excluding any cars that were regulated out by the FIA.’ Meanwhile changes to Section (D) offer an ‘overarching definition of the various forms of permission that the MSA may give’ in relation to event organisation. Other new regulations affect MSA Yearbook sections: (C) Judicial; (F) Emergency and Medical Services; (H) Competitors: Licences; (J) Competitors: Vehicles; (L) Permitted Tyres; (R) Rallying; and (W) Championships. For all these changes and more in detail, please CLICK HERE.

twitter feed MSA @MSAUK Aug 15 We have our first champion of 2017! @euanthorburn sealed his second MSA Scottish Rally Championship title on last weekend’s @GrampianStages! MSA @MSAUK Aug 14 Congrats to @GreensmithGus, @tomcaverally & #TeamUK’s @ChrisIngramGB on being shortlisted for the @HMSGOfficial #WRC development scheme! Sara Williams @SaraRally Aug 9 Let’s get closed road Motorsport here in Wales. Please fill out the questions and share! #ISupportClosedRoads Seb Morris @SebMorris31 Aug 6 We won!!!! Massive thanks to @teamparkeracing @RickParfittJnr @BRDCSuperStars @BentleyRacing @MSAUK @AstSigns #ChampionshipLead #1More2Go Heather Calder @HeatherCalder23 Aug 7 A double win and new record at Kirkistown, Northern Ireland-now leading MSA SBD British Sprint Championship by 7 points! #d2bd #teamcalder Marcus Simmons @MarcusSimmons54 Aug 2 Superb @LandoNorris doing mega job in F1 test. Would love to see his F3 title rivals @MAXGofficial J Eriksson @callum_ilott also get chance Nicky Grist @nickygrist Jul 30 Incredible last stage performance by @ElfynEvans to take 2nd place in @RallyFinland Well done Elfyn fantastic drive.


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The 2017 Kartmasters GP was hailed as one of the best yet and after a weekend of brilliant racing, daring overtakes and drama at PF International. Over 260 drivers competed in nine classes, with 2000 spectators helping to create a fantastic atmosphere on finals day. Organised by Trent Valley Kart Club (TVKC), the event ran like clockwork, with only one red flag all meeting. TVKC’s Nigel Edwards said: “A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who ensured that along


with the club a massive prize fund of over £30,000 was distributed at prize giving. “Also thanks to Henry Beaudette for his brilliant commentary and Telemundi Productions for live streaming the whole event, which brings a real sense of professionalism to our sport. It was just a stunning few days of karting!”

“A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters… a massive prize fund of over £30,000 was distributed at prize giving” MSA Extra / August 2017

News Chris Walker Winners of the Prestigious CIK-FIA International Karting Photo Contest.




Some great racing from these youngsters; great driving, close side by side action and the winner unknown until the flag.

The best drivers in the country battled out for the GP Title. The frontrunners were Oliver Bearman and Alfie Rigby although Archie Brown led the opening laps of the final.

Some very close hard racing throughout the field ensured the result of the final was in doubt until the checkered flag.

GP WINNER Taylor Barnard 2nd

Arvid Lindblad


Alex Dunne

MINI X30 KARTMASTERS TROHPY You would have thought Georgi Dimitrov might walk it but Sam Heading and Dominic Bush pushed him all the way.

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Georgi Dimitrov Tom Edgar William Elswood

GP WINNER Oliver Bearman 2nd

Alfie Rigby


Archie Brown

GP WINNER Bradley Barrett 2nd

Tommy Foster


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Lewis Gilbert was always at the sharp end but his result was hampered by a driving infringement penalty, which handed the race to Jamie Day.

Great to see this class racing in the UK and with good numbers. Controversy with tyre conservation could have taken the edge off the race but all’s well that ends well!

GP WINNER Jamie Day 2nd Kai Hunter 3rd Marcus Littlewood

GP WINNER Morgan Porter 2nd Shihab AL Habsi 3rd Sean Butcher




A strong field and some brilliant racing. You would probably have thought Oliver Hodgson would be dominant but he didn’t have things all his own way.

Double Grids and some great racing all weekend, the scene was set in the Pre Final with a stunning seven kart battle for the lead.

A ‘full house’ of 64 drivers made one think that this was going to be the highlight of the event – and it certainly lived up to that! A sensational race!

GP WINNER Oliver Hodgson 2nd Luke Knott 3rd Rasmus Lindh

GP WINNER Harry Thompson 2nd Morgan Porter 3rd Louie Westover

GP WINNER Ben Barnicoat 2nd Brett Ward 3rd Jordon Brown-Nutley



WELSH CLOSED ROADS CONSULTATION: RESPOND NOW! The Welsh Government’s consultation on adopting the closed-road motorsport legislation that commenced in England on 10 April closes on 29 August. To view the consultation document, CLICK HERE. The Motor Racing Regulations consultation document states: ‘This consultation is about proposals to bring into force Regulations that would specify those motor sport governing bodies which are authorised to issue permits under section 12B of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (“the RTA”) for the purpose of motor racing on public highways in Wales. Section 12B(6) of the RTA requires the Welsh Ministers to list the motor sports governing bodies authorised to issue permits for the purposes of section 12B.’ Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, said: “As the governing body we urge Wales to adopt the closed-roads legislation already introduced in England. This would further enhance the country’s reputation as a world-leading motorsport venue, known in particular for hosting the types of events that would benefit most from this new development.


“We strongly encourage all those in the Welsh motorsport community to respond to this consultation and to share it far and wide to maximise the response. Strong and positive feedback will deliver a clear message to the Welsh Government that this is a great opportunity to boost a proud part of the country’s sporting heritage.”

“Strong and positive feedback will deliver a clear message to the Welsh Government that this is a great opportunity to boost a proud part of the country’s sporting heritage”

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The 2018 MSA British Rally Championship will feature six rounds in six territories, culminating on Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, the UK’s round of the FIA World Rally Championship. Next year’s calendar, which retains a mid-season trip to Belgium for the classic Ypres Rally, underlines the BRC’s standing as the world’s premier domestic rally championship: ƒƒ 10/11 March – Border Counties Rally, Jedburgh, Scotland ƒƒ 28/29 April – Pirelli International Rally, Carlisle, England ƒƒ 22/23 June – Renties Ypres Rally, Ypres, Belgium ƒƒ 17/18 August – John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally, Derry/Londonderry, N. Ireland ƒƒ 13/14/15 September – Rally Isle of Man, Douglas, Isle of Man ƒƒ October** – Dayinsure Wales Rally GB, Deeside, Wales.

Championship Manager Iain Campbell said: “The events that make up the British Rally Championship next year achieve many goals for us. They all offer superb competition on the best stages possible and all the events offer the best platform for the ambitious crews to develop the skills required to take them to the very top of the sport. The events all deliver an impact on a local, national and international level for Prestone and the other championship partners.” Championship organisers International Motor Sports (IMS) have also announced that coolant brand Prestone will remain as the championship’s title sponsor in 2018. “The Prestone team have really rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in to supporting the championship – engaging with our teams, events, competitors and spectators,” said Ben Taylor, Managing Director of IMS.”


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Oliver York A British and World Kart Champion, and an undisputed rising star backed by the MSA Academy. We hear from the newest addition to the British F4 winners’ club, Fortec Motorsports racer, Oliver York.

Apart from driving a British F4 car, what is your favourite buzz? Playing and watching football. I’m a big Manchester United fan and my favourite player is Ryan Giggs.

Who is your favourite driver? Ayrton Senna because he was so good under pressure and made very few mistakes.

What’s your favourite track?

On the British F4 calendar I would say Snetterton. My favourite that’s not on the calendar is Spa.

Define yourself as a driver in three words? Attacking, brave and fair.

York loves racing at Snetterton


What should everyone try once in their lifetime?

Playing football. Preferably with Ryan Giggs!

If you could own one Ford road car what would it be? A Ford GT.

What’s your favourite film?

Spiders and snakes! I steer clear of the snake enclosure at the zoo.

I cannot say my favourite because it’s an 18! Let’s play it safe and say Winnie the Pooh.

What did your teachers say about you in your school report?

If you could have a superpower what would it be?

What are you afraid of?

You would have to ask my Dad. I don’t look at my school report for fear of what the teachers might have said!

What is the worst purchase you have ever made?

A mini Segway. I’ve got one just sitting in the corner of my room and it will be on eBay very soon.

We’re certain that if York could teleport, he would have done so to get to Knockhill in Scotland where he took his maiden British F4 win

Teleportation. I would teleport everywhere so I could avoid the long drive to places like Anglesey Circuit for testing which is six hours away.

What’s the most important thing in life?

To have fun and make the most of the time you have.

Hard but fair. York has pulled off many daring overtakes this season

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Spinal column

Nathalie McGloin MSA Extra columnist on her heroes, the Orange Army


t is a strange thing to experience your first real crash on a race circuit. The moment that you know the impact is inevitable and there is nothing more you can do is fairly surreal. In my case, it was at Brands Hatch in April as I competed in the Porsche Club Championship. I was going really well prior to the crash, consistently lapping in the 53s on old tyres; confidence was high because I was quick. But the from point where my wheels locked as the ABS failed to the moment when I hit the barrier seemed to last forever. I remember thinking, ‘This is going to hurt’. And it did. A lot. I hit the wall pretty hard at around 70mph. The first thing I did after the car stopped moving was check I could still move my arms and fingers, which were all working fine. But then came the panic – I could see clouds of dust and smoke all around me. Should I press the extinguisher button? Should I exit the car? At least turn the engine off!

The views expressed by the individual contributors are not necessarily those of the MSA.

“Driving on the Edge is optimal. Driving beyond it requires expert car control. Driving below it means you’re not going to win”

After quickly hitting the kill switch I undid my harness and thought about exiting the car when the glorious sight of orange immediately calmed me down. Within seconds of the impact a bearded man wearing an orange suit, covered in dust and gravel, arrived by my door armed with a fire extinguisher. ‘Are you ok?’ he asked. A marshal. There is nothing more reassuring than the sight of these wonderful human beings after a moment like this on a race circuit. A minute or so later, more arrived along with the medical team and I knew that everything would be OK. No one quite appreciates how very special these marshals are until they really need them. These people who don orange overalls and stand at the edge of our race circuits in all weathers to help ensure the safety of the people who choose to indulge their passion from behind the wheel. They give up their time for free. That’s right, these men and women are volunteers, often putting themselves second to ensure our safety. So, the next time you see a marshal, please say, ‘Thank you’, because without them we wouldn’t be able to race. Marshals make races. To the many medics and marshals that helped me in April, or last season and any further races I will be involved in, this is a heartfelt thank you. My heroes, The Orange Army.


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Euan Thorburn MSA Scottish Rally Champion 2017


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Technical Updates, clarifications and advice


Scrutineers at a recent Junior Stage Rally event have had to remind competitors that helmetmounted cameras are not permitted. Accordingly, the MSA wishes to extend this reminder to all competitors. The only time that a helmetmounted camera is permitted is if the mounting is integral to the helmet as provided for by the manufacturer, and is included as part of that helmet’s approval under one of the accepted standards.


The MSA Technical Department has received reports of some competitors trying to affect the efficiency of the CIK dismountable front fairing mounting block by using two sets of over-centre clips (referred to as ‘hook clamps’ in CIK terminology). Competitors are advised that this is in no way acceptable, and this is reinforced by the relevant CIK Drawing 2c – which itself is referenced in MSA Yearbook regulation (U)17.1.6. CIK Drawing 2c (downloadable in full from the MSA website here) clearly states the following:

Following the note in last month’s edition of MSA Extra showing a badly frayed helmet chin strap, the image here was forwarded to the MSA from a recent Stage Rally event. Any damage to the helmet strap such as this will severely reduce the effectiveness of the helmet to remain securely fitted, with obvious consequences in the event of an incident.

“It is only permitted to fix the front fairing onto the kart using the front fairing mounting kit. No other device is authorised. It must be possible for the front fairing to move freely back in the direction of the chassis without any obstruction from any part that may restrict movement.” The ‘front fairing mounting kit’ is defined by the same Drawing 2c as comprising the following elements: “1. Mounting bracket kit for front fairing (2 pieces + 8 screws in total). 2. Front bumper support (2 half shells + 2 screws in total). 3. Adjustable hook clamps (the 2 pieces, shall be made of metal).” This only references two ‘hook clamps’ – no more.


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Volunteers News and updates from the orange army

PRODRIVE TOUR FOR PRIZE DRAW WINNERS Lee Hartshorn and Suzanne Flint have won the latest MSA monthly marshals prize draw and will receive an exclusive tour of Prodrive, courtesy of the internationally renowned motorsport and technology company. Lee has been marshalling for almost 25 years with the BMMC and Racesafe. He is currently a graded BMMC incident officer but has performed most trackside disciplines including snatch, flag/observer and startline, officiating at all levels from ‘clubbies’ to F1. Lee now spends most weekends volunteering at either Donington Park, Oulton Park or Silverstone. A combative newcomer, Suzanne is a member of Wallasey Motor Club and has been marshalling for just under a year. Suzanne began marshalling as her husband, Sean, competes. To date she has marshalled on stage rallies in Wales and the North West of England. Each month at least one person will be picked at random from the MSA’s database of registered marshals. They will each win a special prize and receive a signed certificate of recognition from Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, on behalf of the governing body.

MARSHALS REQUIRED: DEVILS OWN RALLY Marshals are needed for the 39th Devils Own Classic Rally, round 13 of the HRCR Hagerty Insurance Clubmans Road Rally Championship, which takes place on 7 October. The planned route will be approximately 180 miles, starting and finishing at Greenlands Farm Village, just off junction 35 of the M6. For more information or to get involved visit or email

BMMC TO AUCTION GT STAR’S HELMET The British Motorsport Marshals Club (BMMC) is auctioning 2016 British GT Champion Derek Johnston’s signed helmet, plus a behind-the-scenes tour and grid walk at this year’s season finale at Donington Park (23-24 September). For a chance to win, CLICK HERE and make a minimum donation of £5 to the orange army.




Youngest Race Nat B Clerk of the Course at 18 How did you first get involved in motorsport?

My first experience was at a very young age when spectating with my family at Thruxton. It was shortly after this that my father, John, started marshalling with the BRSCC. My passion for the sport really came to light at the Silverstone round of the Le Mans Endurance Series in 2005 when I went to watch my dad marshal; here I was lucky enough to be given a tour around race control and a trip around the track in the course car! I started volunteering myself later that year when I became a runner for race control and race admin. This involved distributing copies of the results and other documents to relevant officials; more importantly making cups of tea


and coffee for the Clerks of the Course – I thought I was so cool! Moving forward through the years I’ve carried out various roles for the BRSCC and

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Why did you want to get become a clerk of the course?

Having been involved in the sport from a young age I grew an ambition to become just like my role models, some of the most senior officials in the sport who have travelled the world with motorsport. For a long time I had considered becoming a Clerk of the Course but always thought I was too young and decided to put the idea to bed for a little while. It wasn’t until I spoke with Cheryl Lynch [MSA Race, Speed and Kart Executive] about the idea whilst standing in the Porsche Carrera Cup paddock at the British Grand Prix in 2014 that encouraged me to send in my CV and apply. I was so excited to begin my training when I was accepted by the MSA as a probationary Clerk of the Course – and so it began. It’s very early days but watch this space!

How did you find the MSA’s training?

Interesting! There’s a lot to learn to become a clerk of the course and despite not being required to know the MSA Yearbook off by heart, it’s essential to have a good understanding of it and how to apply to rules and regulations. I was very fortunate to benefit from a wealth of experience within the BRSCC from very experienced officials – I can only thank them for sharing their knowledge and mentoring me along the way.

Why should others get involved as volunteers in motorsport?

Motorsport attracts people from all walks of life and that’s what makes it so great! No matter who you are or what your background is, you will enjoy this inclusive sport. Volunteers can commit as much or as little time as they want and although certain standards need to be met, you will always have something to do! The camaraderie between volunteers and competitors alike is just something everyone has to experience.

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Training Updates from the MSA Training Team

MARSHALS PERSONAL RECORD CARD CHECK Members of the Marshals Working Group have conducted the second annual review of Personal Record Cards (PRCs) to ensure that MSAregistered marshals are meeting the maintenance of grade criteria, in the interests of safety and ongoing personal development.

requirements as laid down in the various grading schemes, some are falling short. Alan Page, MSA Training Executive, said: “It’s important that PRCs are kept up to date as they’re an easy way to recognise people’s skills and encourage them to develop new ones. They also have a secondary purpose in that they help demonstrate the level of competency that marshals have and use at events.” Marshals are requested to review the grading scheme appropriate to their disciplines to ensure the requirements are met. The grading schemes can be found at the following links: RACE; SPECIALIST; SPEED; KART; RALLY/CROSS COUNTRY.

A total of 150 PRCs were requested and 116 returned for inspection. The selection process was entirely random across all relevant disciplines. Analysis of the findings is ongoing; while the majority of those who submitted their cards are meeting the attendance and training

After a two-year trial the MSA Training Department has decided to conduct this PRC review exercise every summer going forward, so that any anomalies can be addressed prior to each new marshals registration process. The MSA greatly appreciates all co-operation in this matter.


After the successful introduction of online training in 2016, the MSA Training Department plans expand its scope by introducing five new modules by the New Year. These modules will cover road rallying, judicial matters, scrutineering, trackside media and further training for marshals. While the new modules are only in the planning phase, good progress is being made with the online training provider to update the appearance and functionality of the system to enhance the learning experience.

BMSTT GRANT AIDED TRAINING EVENTS Application forms for British Motor Sports Training Trust (BMSTT) grant aid to support 2018 training events will be sent out in early September, with a closing date of 6 October.

Training event organisers, trainers and regional associations are requested to return their forms promptly so that applications can be processed by BMSTT. Successful applicants will be informed by no later than mid-November. For further information, please email


Guidance notes on the completion of the Personal Record Cards for Rally and Cross Country can now be found on the MSA’s website at. Please CLICK HERE. For any further queries regarding PRCs please contact the training department at


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Latest results across the different types of motor sport goverened by the MSA

DUNLOP MSA BRITISH TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP Jason Plato and Ashley Sutton claimed a win apiece, while Speedworks Motorsport’s Tom Ingram came out victorious in the final encounter at Knockhill. Provisional championship standings 1 Colin Turkington (Team BMW) – 265 points 2 Ashley Sutton (Adrian Flux Subaru Racing) – 261 3 Gordon Shedden (Halfords Yuasa Racing) – 253

SBD MOTORSPORT MSA BRITISH SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP Team Parker Racing’s Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris will go into the final round of this season’s campaign with a 10.5-point lead after claiming their third victory of 2017 at Brands Hatch.

Provisional championship standings 1 Rick Parfitt – 177.5 points = Seb Morris – 177.5 2 Jon Minshaw – 167

Heather Calder won on both days when the championship made its annual visit to Northern Ireland, breaking the Kirkistown track record in the process. Provisional championship standings 1 Heather Calder – 98 points 2 Colin Calder – 91 3 Holmes – 84

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TOYO TIRES MSA BRITISH RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP AVON TYRES/TTC GROUP MSA BRITISH HILL CLIMB CHAMPIONSHIP Wallace Menzies, Scott Moran and Will Hall won rounds 23-26 of the championship at Shelsley Walsh.

Provisional championship standings 1 Trevor Willis – 188 points 2 Wallace Menzies – 153 3 Richard Spedding – 134

Multiple former champion Julian Godfrey won both rounds of the double-header at Mondello Park in Ireland to take the championship lead. Provisional championship standings 1 Julian Godfrey – 130 points 2 Oliver Bennett – 127 3 Ollie O’Donovan – 114



MCGRADY INSURANCE MSA NORTHERN IRELAND RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP Desi Henry and co-driver Liam Moynihan guided their Skoda Fabia R5 to a convincing victory on round four, the Tyrone Stages Rally run by the Cookstown Motor Club. Results 1 Desi Henry / Liam Moynihan (Škoda Fabia R5) 41m50.9s 2 Marty McCormack / Barney Mitchell (Škoda Fabia R5) +0:12.6s 3 Peadar Hurson / Damien Connolly (Ford Fiesta WRC) +0:24.2s



ARR CRAIB MSA SCOTTISH RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP David Bogie and Kevin Rae took a commanding victory on the Grampian Forest Rally, but all eyes were on Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton who took the 2017 championship title with a secondplace finish.

Results 1 David Bogie/Kevin Rae (Skoda Fabia) 41m17s 2 Euan Thorburn/Paul Beaton (Ford Fiesta R5) 42m15s 3 Jock Armstrong/Paula Swinscoe (Subaru Impreza) 42m39s

MSA BRITISH CADET KART CHAMPIONSHIP Ireland’s Alex Dunne lead from start to finish in both finals at Larkhall. Maxwell Dodds and Taylor Barnard completed the podium. Results 1 Alex Dunne (Synergy) 13m08.38s 2 Maxwell Dodds (Tony) +1.46s 3 Taylor Barnard (Synergy) +2.04s

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After major engine problems forced him out of the previous round, Martin Gould was back at the top of leaderboard at Ceri, taking his third win of the season.

Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke took an important victory in round six, the Harry Flatters Rally on Epynt.

Results 1 Martin Gould/Simon Kerfoot (Buxton 4x4 Rivet) 01:11:13 2 Adrian Marfell/Paul Bartleman (Fouquet Nissan) 01:12:25 3 Justin Birchall/Jonny Koonja (Lofthouse Freelander) 01:13:20

Provisional championship standings 1 Nick Elliott/Dave Price – 161 points 2 Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke – 151 3 Rudi Lancaster/Guy Weaver – 105


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Championship Updates


F4 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP CERTIFIED BY FIA – POWERED BY FORD ECOBOOST Oscar Piastri, Jamie Caroline and Oliver York shared the victories in the British F4 rounds at Knockhill. Provisional championship standings 1 Jamie Caroline – 334 points 2 Oscar Piastri – 288.5 3 Logan Sargeant – 234

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LINK UP LTD MSA BRITISH AUTOTEST CHAMPIONSHIP BRDC BRITISH F3 CHAMPIONSHIP Championship leader Enaam Ahmen scored a brace of victories at Brands Hatch, where Krishnaraaj Mahadik was also a race winner.

Provisional championship standings 1 Enaam Ahmed – 489 points 2 James Pull – 383 3 Toby Sowery – 356

Former champion Steven Ferguson won the Maximum Attack Autotest in Dumfries after a dominant performance in changing conditions. Provisional championship standings 1 Chris Chapman – 219 points 2 Malcolm Livingston – 219 3 Dave Mosey – 206


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LINK UP LTD MSA BRITISH CAR TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP MSA BRITISH DRAG RACING CHAMPIONSHIP Andy Robinson took a major step towards the championship with a final-round holeshot defeat of Marck Harteveld, 6.145sec to the Dutchman’s quicker 6.129.

Shawn Franklin won the Cymru Car Trial to end Henry Kitching’s two-year dominance of the new car class. Rupert North won the HCC Wales event with a 20-point margin of victory in his class.

Provisional championship standings 1 Andy Robinson – 290 points 2 Bobby Wallace – 220 3 Kevin Slyfield – 191

Provisional championship standings 1 Shawn Franklin – 38 points 2 Rupert North – 37 3 Barrie Parker – 35


Academy Equipping the UK’s most promising young drivers

INGRAM SELECTED FOR HYUNDAI DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME Team UK rally driver Chris Ingram is one of three young British rally stars selected to take part in Hyundai Motorsport’s driver development programme. Twenty-three-year-old Ingram joins fellow Brits Gus Greensmith and Tom Cave as they compete against 14 other talented drivers for a 2018 programme of WRC2 events in a factory-prepared Hyundai i20 R5.

NORRIS STARS IN HUNGARY F1 TEST New Team UK member Lando Norris impressed with a strong performance at this month’s Formula One test in Hungary. Seventeen-year-old Norris ended the morning’s test second fastest overall, completing 57 laps for McLaren. Norris remained second fastest in the afternoon’s session and completed 91 laps for the British F1 team. Norris took part in the F1 test as part of his McLaren Autosport BRDC Award prize.


MSA Extra / August 2017

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MSA Academy


MSA Team UK’s Ben Barnicoat made a victorious return to karting at the 2017 Kartmasters GP, winning a sensational Senior X30 race at PF International. Chris Walker

Oliver Hodgson took the lead at the start but Danny Keirle hit the front on lap two and seemed in control of the race. Oliver soon came under pressure from the pack as they all closed in for a grand finale. Callum Bradshaw slipped into second in the closing stages, leaving Oliver to fend off Jordon Brown-Nutley, Charlie Lamb, Philip Rawson, Gus Lawrence, David Sutton and Barnicoat, who had muscled his way into the lead pack. The spectators held their breath on the final lap as Danny seemed certain to become GP Champion. Behind him, fourth-placed Barnicoat made a lunge and all four karts touched; Barnicoat emerged from the melee from in front and claimed his sixth GP title in front of an exhilarated grandstand.

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The MSA Academy co-drivers headed to Chesterfield last weekend (12 August) to undergo first-on-scene training. Lead by renowned co-driver Paul Spooner, the five navigators also underwent sessions on post event analysis and organising the inside of the car when competing. The day ended with the co-drivers going head-to-head in a wheelchange challenge. Head over to our Facebook page to see the winning pair complete the task in under a minute and a half.


GoMotorsport Developing club motorsport for people of all ages and backgrounds

Club Spotlight

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: LARNE MOTOR CLUB Larne Motor Club isn’t the oldest motor club in the UK by any stretch but at more than 60 years of age, this is a vibrant club that has stood the test of time... It was in 1954 that a group of enthusiasts joined forces to form a new club. Since then, members have organised a wide range of events in a variety of motor sport disciplines. The club’s first event was the Starlight Rally. Organised for the first time in 1955, it consisted of regularity sections and autotests that were held throughout the night. Then the Suez Crisis struck, forcing a break in Larne Motor Club’s exploits but the club returned to action in 1957. The club progressed to organising stage rallies with an event that later become known as the Texaco Rally. Billy Coleman is among the former winners after he emerged victorious in 1974, the same year that he lifted the British Rally Championship title. The club also organised its first national event in 1974. Located in Boyd’s Quarry, the event was won by

John Taylor, who was Britain’s first ever European Rallycross Champion. There was an appetite for more events in the quarry so with the help of Adrian and Derek Boyd, the Boyd’s Autodrome was created. This became the home of Northern Ireland rallycross. In 1987, the club moved rallycross to Nutts Corner Motorsport Centre and subsequently staged many successful events that included a European Challenge. The ‘Ulster Rallycross Grand Prix’ became a round of the British Rallycross Championship and the BTRDA awarded the club with the Andy Sargent Trophy for the best organised and promoted event. Fast-forward to 2017 and the club continues to organise a wide range of events. Although Northern Ireland Rallycross has faded away since those popular days, the club has diversified

and created a variety of regular events in the Northern Ireland calendar. Those events include a Northern Ireland Championship Autotest, a Northern Ireland Championship Hill Climb (Cairncastle) and a Northern Ireland Championship Sprint. Their championship events are complemented by a variety of clubman events that encourage newcomers to the sport. They include a couple of clubman autotests as well as the very popular Laharna Targa Rally. The club is also among the first to grab opportunities to promote itself and motorsport as a whole. Recent years have seen them organise autotest demonstrations at local colleges and they have also set up their own club stand at shows in their home town of Larne. “The club epitomises what motorsport is all about,” says Larne Motor Club’s Jonathan Millar. “We promote motorsport at all levels, encourage young competitors and officials, promote safety and we’re involved in the local community too.” Larne Motor Club has a solid and proactive membership base that includes members of all ages. Most importantly, these members are full of enthusiasm, helping the club go from strength to strength. Check out their website and sign-up to their newsletter at


MSA Extra / August 2017

Go Motorsport Club Development

HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY Most motor clubs hold club nights in local pubs, but could that change to Student Unions, asks West Midlands RDO Bryn Pound. The next development for the club was a partnership with Whitchurch Motor Club to organise autotests and autosolos throughout the winter months. Students competed alongside club members and Whitchurch MC were able to use Harper Adams as the venue for their British Autotest Championship round. Throughout the winter months the students contacted M-Sport and a deal was worked out to run a Fiesta R2 in the 2017 British Rally Championship. The car was supplied as a kit and built by students in the university’s workshop, alongside the VW Golf and a Land Rover Tomcat which the students run on off-road events.

Motorsport and engineering students at colleges and universities across the country are starting their own clubs. One such university is Harper Adams University in Shropshire. The club started as a team running a VW Golf on selected stage rallies but a large influx of motor engineering students prompted a need to get more members involved. Motorsport paramedic and senior lecturer Dr Ianto Guy wanted to move into other aspects of the sport and arranged a meeting with me on how to progress. We decided to attract new members at a fresher’s day in October 2016.

This year the students have embarked on a major publicity drive attending shows including the Fast Car Festival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed, giving the sponsors, the university and the club a lot of very good publicity. The university is currently on summer break but the process will start all over again when the new intake of students arrives in October. It is hoped that the former students will head home and join their local motor club with a new-found enthusiasm for motorsport. Marshalling and competing and adding some new blood to the local clubs which must be a good thing for clubs around the country.

This initial activity was followed by an introduction to rally marshalling and soon multiple new members were registered as MSA-accredited rally marshals. The students underwent a brief training session and briefing with Steve Gregg, Rally GB Cholmondeley Castle co-ordinator, and they were ready to get out there. The club assisted with the Group B display and the re-group control at Cholmondeley and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


GoMo Bringing newcomers to the sport

GET INVOLVED Looking to boost participation and encourage newcomers into motorsport? Following the inspiration of Andrew Dinner could be a great starting point, writes South West RDO Kevin Moore. Truro and District Motor Club embraced Andrew’s dream for encouraging new competitors into Hill Climbing and launched their Hill Climb Academy in 2014. Initial success was great, but the real challenge was carrying that achievement through to each successive season.

Now in its fourth year, the project has brought over thirty ‘first timers’ into the sport, nearly all of which have continued to compete. The success of the initial programme has allowed the academy to expand its footprint within the South West so that


it now includes events organised by both Camel Vale MC and Newquay AC. This brings the total number of rounds for the 2017 Speed Hillclimb Academy to nine. Entrants in the Academy are required to commit to all nine rounds but also benefit from a generously discounted entry fee of just £45.00 (as opposed to the standard fee of £75.00). Entrants also benefit from a pre-season mentoring session with invited guests including MSA Scrutineers, MSA Clerks of the Course, Club Officials and experienced competitors. These sessions cover licence applications, completion of event entry forms and ASR’s, and car preparation. Eligibility requires that entrants must be in their first year as an MSA competition licence holder and the cars being used must be taxed, MOT’d and insured. (Full details are available on the Truro and District Motor Clubs website –

Some closing words from Andrew may inspire some other clubs or Associations around the country to think outside of the box, maybe consider adopting the format in some form or other as applicable. “Tregrehan Speed Hill Climb Academy’s primary aim, is to help anyone who wants to make that step from thinking about competing in speed Hill Climbing, to actually doing it,” Andrew explains. “If you are out there and fancy a go but have never quite known what to do or where to go, keep an eye on the Tregrehan Speed Hill Climb Academy facebook page, or contact Truro and District Motor Club.” Hopefully this story might inspire other clubs or associations around the country to think outside of the box and maybe consider adopting a similar format.

MSA Extra / August 2017

Go Motorsport Volunteers

Spotlight on... Mark Benstock What’s your day job?

I’m a retired insurance investigator, now undertaking ad hoc vehicle collection and delivery.

Which motor club do you belong to? Bristol Motor Club and EMCOS.

Which role(s) do you volunteer in?

I’ll try anything once! I’m a Bristol Motor Club committee member, Quartermaster and club steward. I also act as Minutes Secretary for the Cotswold Motor Sport Group and Safety Officer for the EMCOS Rally.

How long have you been volunteering for? Around 25 years undertaking many non-licensed roles.

What or who inspired you to get into motor sport?

I got involved when my son Jeff learned to drive, we attended a Castle Combe Racing School day, then competed against each other in sprints and rallies. Buying a house from a motor club member helped too and introduced us to sprints at Castle Combe and Colerne.

What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?

Try different roles and types of motorsport to see what you enjoy best, ideally including competing in a grassroots discipline. Mix with other people and clubs to work together and exchange ideas. Attend the MSA Seminars to give a fresh view and don’t be afraid to use your newness to ask the ‘obvious’ questions where others may be too shy.

Brief volunteering history to present?

Being involved in set-up days at Colerne, a temporary venue, helped the club. I started rally marshalling after failing scrutineering at an event but still wanted to be involved. I also drive in AutoSOLO events and find that being a competitor helps develop a common understanding with people when volunteering too. Driving and encouraging passenger participation at passenger AutoSOLO events has helped to get new people, especially youngsters, actively involved in the sport.

What’s the best thing about being a motorsport volunteer?

Being close to the action and meeting so many great people. I’m proud to be part of Bristol MC, the club is over 100 years old and I’m keen we respect that legacy while planning for the future.


GoMo Events

marshals. The Under 17 Motor Club North West - a new club founded just six years ago - and Accrington Motorsport Club found that they needed to get more members involved with event setup and safety requirements at the 10 events a year that they run.

All club events need a team of people to run them safely. But how does a new marshal get the skills they need and the practise of those new skills to become a competent marshal or Clerk of the course? Thirty years ago, most motor clubs ran one main championship event and a selection of small ‘clubby’ events that helped to give new marshals these skills. But over recent years many motor clubs have become one discipline clubs, a sprint and hill climb club, a road rally club or stage rally club. So how do new marshals get trained in volunteer roles? In the North West, one motor club has looked at these issues and come up with a plan to help new and existing


Four weekends a year they run Saturday and Sunday Production Car Autotests (PCA) and AutoSOLOs at the M65 Junction 4 services, as part of the ANWCC & SD34 MSG championships. On AutoSOLO and PCA events all drivers have to spend time marshalling the tests. On Saturday events, all drivers sign on at 10:30 and are split into groups with a team leader, the drivers then spend about an hour setting the event up for the day. The numbers of entries are limited to 16 on a Saturday and 36 on a Sunday. All drivers spend sessions driving, timekeeping and marshalling the test site. This is helpful as at most events a new family attends with a son or daughter that wishes to learn to drive safely. (Remember you can start driving at 14 in standard road cars on these types of event.) Most of the setup is then in place for the Sunday event, which saves a lot of work. The feedback for all those attending is what a great social day especially when all marshals and drivers get a free lunch with the entry fees! How does your club train new marshals? MSA Extra / August 2017

Go Motorsport MSA Motor Sport Development Fund Green Belt Motor Club explain how they used the fund to purchase a new club caravan. “When our club’s caravan went beyond its useful life, we approached the MSA to use the Club Development Fund (now known as the MSA Motor Sport Development Fund) to help pay for a replacement. “With the type of events Green Belt MC run, i.e. sprints, targa rallies etc at non-permanent events, we needed a transport option to take equipment to events which could also be used for signing on as well as being a focal point for a notice board and results. If needed it can also be used as a steward’s room. “Once we found the right one, we applied with the help of our Go Motorsport Regional Development Officer, and it was a short and painless process. The result: a new trailer, part funded by the fund.”

contact your RDO If your Motor Club is interested in taking up similar options please contact your local Regional Development Officer.


MSA Extra, August 2017  

The MSA newsletter for British motor sport.

MSA Extra, August 2017  

The MSA newsletter for British motor sport.