Fears growing for Island motorsport
Wednesday 20th February 2013, 3:00PM GMT.
THERE is increasing concern over the future of major motorsports events in the Island – including the Jersey Rally – because of the move to phase out super-unleaded fuel in the Island.
When the decision was announced last week, there was an immediate outcry from owners of high performance machines who are likely to find supplies running out early next month.
Owners of such cars/motorcycles would be able to use additives to the standard petrol to protect their engines – but that is strictly forbidden for sporting events.
The head of the Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club, which organises a whole plethora of sporting events, including the Five Mile Road Sprints, the Bouley Bay Hill Climbs and Jersey Rally, is not impressed with the amount of contact, or the content, with Fuel Supplies (CI) Ltd.
Club president Richard Buchanan said: ‘They do not appear to have a plan, just vague suggestions – nothing I can go back to my members with. This is going to start in March. If you are going to introduce a change as big as this it needs to have had a lot of thought and planning.
‘I don’t want to sound alarmist, but I do feel as though the ground has been cut away beneath our feet.’