Road racing is at a crossroads - Whyte

Thursday, 11 May 2017

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VAUXHALL International North West 200 boss Mervyn Whyte admits he fears for the future of road racing in Ireland, suggesting that it is on 'borrowed time.'
In a candid interview with Chronicle Sport, the Event Director believes soaring insurance costs could force events off the calendar by the end of the decade.
Although the issue has been rumbling for a number of months it's only now that Whyte has gone on the record to speak about the threats facing the sport.
The insurance problem came to the fore last year when the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster Centre's three-year deal with an insurance company expired.
It's since been successful in its efforts to bring a new firm on board until 2018, but premiums have gone up due to a rise in costs and the number of claims.
“It's hard to predict, but the problem with insurance companies and underwriters is they are finding it more and more difficult to insure events. It's not only two-wheels, though," said Whyte, whose association with the north coast event is now in its 44th year. "Rallying's also taken a hit in the Irish Republic.
“It all comes down to the number of claims, some of which are massive. There's also outstanding claims that go back a number of years which doesn't help."
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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