|The new format, the framework of which came out of the Motorsports Strategy Development Group and was announced in the summer, is designed to offer a clear ladder of progression to racing drivers in single-seaters, GTs and saloon cars. The MSA also hopes that the scheme will prevent the proliferation of championships that has an adverse effect on grid numbers.
The attached table illustrates those opportunities that have now been filled. In every case, a progression path is now clearly visible in the `one-make` categories, although there is a significant shortage of viable `open` formulae.
The new structure also brings transparency in terms of the three levels of competition and their respective licence requirements. At the top, level one events will be exclusively for International licence holders, while level two championships will be contested by drivers holding National A licences and level three by those with National B.
"We are pleased with the quality of the championships that have been successful," explains Colin Hilton, Chief Executive of the Motor Sports Association. "The structure provides drivers and team owners with a stable set-up for the next three years and enables the championship administrators to make plans for the longer-term future.
"We are obviously concerned at the lack of options in the `open` categories, especially given the importance of these series to the motor sport industry, so we are working closely with the MIA to try to redress this issue."
The Championship Control Panel also considered the permit requests from three new championships for 2004. Formula BMW`s championship permit was approved by the Panel, while both Formula Woman and SCV8 were asked to provide further details of their complete package by the end of November.
At the meeting Alan Gow offered his resignation from the Race Championship Control Panel and this was accepted by the Chairman, Colin Hilton.
"We would like to thank Alan for everything he has done on the RCCP," Hilton confirmed. "Since joining the panel, Alan has returned to the helm of the British Touring Car Championship and has found it necessary to reduce some of his other commitments. However he will continue as a director of the MSA and as chairman of the MSDG and we will work with him to appoint a suitable replacement."
Release MSA03-026: 14 November 2003