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Former champion left ‘not impressed’ by rule reversal

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Former champion left ‘not impressed’ by rule reversal thumbnailFaster, four-wheel-drive cars invariably cut up the road on forest-based events.

MULTIPLE British Historic Rally champion Dessie Nutt has ruled out the idea of him returning to the series after the regulations were redrawn.
The Motor Sport Association (MSA) has said underbody protection can be used on historic cars like Nutt's Porsche 911 from next year onwards.
The change of heart by the MSA follows representations by organisers of the British series. In addition to allowing underbody protection, the MSA has also agreed to the idea of competitors employing any material deemed to be of period specification; previously they were limited to fibreglass.
Nutt told Chronicle Sport the MSA has handled the situation poorly and says the British Historic Rally Championship has suffered as a direct result.
“As far as I'm aware this is the third time the MSA has gone and changed this rule," said Nutt. "When the rule was first introduced I had to go and buy underbody protection for my car at a cost of £1,000. The following year the rule was changed and it cost me a further £1,000 to remove it.

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