WELSH Road Race chiefs have been forced to postpone their new event until next year following changes in the Road Traffic Act in Wales.
A hearing was held on January 9 this year regarding the possible repeal of the act, which would allow the use of closed public roads for Motorsport events. This repeal came into effect yesterday, February 2.
The Welsh Road Race had previously received permission to go ahead, but changes in the legislation have put the the 2018 timescale in jeopardy.
“We are working closely with the ACU, Crown Properties and Powys County Council to organise the Welsh Road Race,” said Derek Smith, Managing Director of the Welsh Road Race.
“Under the new changes in legislation, the new deadlines that have been imposed will make it very difficult to carry out a safe and successful event.
“The Board of Directors are absolutely devastated for all the supporters and all concerned with the event. We have began steps to contact all our supporters and sponsors who are involved in the event.”
Paul King, Chairman of the ACU Road Race Committee, said: “Following concerns raised with the Auto Cycle Union at the end of the year about the proposed Welsh Road Race in August 2018, Members of the ACU Road Race Committee recently met with the event organisers to understand what was being proposed and what was required for the event to progress.
“In order for the ACU Road Race Committee to sanction the event, a list of requirements required from the Organisers was agreed. It would appear that the timetable to achieve the event for 2018 cannot be achieved.
“The ACU Road Race Committee will endeavour to assist the organisers in progressing the event for 2019.”
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