Consquences of Brexit and local motorsport
New Brexit regulations will make it more difficult for local motorsport competitors to participate in events in Britain.
It will also make it more difficult for UK-based drivers to compete on this side of the Irish Sea. Killarney and District Motor Club events like the Rally of the Lakes and The Killarney Historic Rally have always enjoyed strong support from British competitors.
New rules, which came in to effect on January 1, the day that the UK officially left the EU, means that competitors will have to temporarily import or export their competition vehicles into Britain or the EU.
Motorsport UK, the governing body of motorsport in Britain, issued guidelines this week. Motorsport Ireland is in discussion with the various Government bodies and will issue their guidelines as soon as they are prepared.
As well as declaring the value of the car, competitors will have to account for everything on their tow-van from spare parts, tyres, wheels and tools.
Motorsport UK is advising competitors to apply for a Carnet – a goods in transit document – which will cost at least €270 per application. The Carnet will list every item that is being exported and its value.
An additional deposit, potentially 40 percent of the value of the cargo, will need to be paid but this will be refunded once it is proven that all the items on the Carnet have not been sold while out of the country.
Killarney competitors have, in the past, plied their trade in the UK. Rob Duggan’s 2016 victory in the British Junior Rally Championship is a highlight in a long list of local achievements.
The motorsport season remains up in the air at the moment but local motorcycle racer Kevin Coyne has already committed to the British National Superstock Championship which runs alongside the prestigious British Superbike Championship.
“This is another consequence of Brexit that no one thought of,” his father Mark said. “It is another additional cost that we don’t want, but if we want to play we have to play by the rules. It is the same vice-versa, it might put British drivers off coming here.”
Coyne’s first event is not until May which gives him a few months to get his head around the new rules.
This article was originally published in the Killarney Advertiser. Kerry Motorsport News is the motorsport content provider to the Killarney Advertiser