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We've teamed up with Magnitude events to bring you another #TrackAddict track day for 2018 and here's everything you need to know....
DB level... 95db Drive by
Date... Monday 4th June
If you fancy it and obviously you do you can book HERE!
The motorsport industry, sport and all on track are facing a very serious and immediate problem and your help is needed.
We have until 20 October to respond to an important EC consultation, details of which are below. If we fail to secure the amendment we seek then the likely outcome is that all motorsport and track day activities, in every EU Member State, will cease. This is not an idle threat.
All involved in the business and organisation of European motorsport need to act NOW to overcome this genuine threat to our own future and that of our employees and sport, from the unintended consequences of action taken by the European Commission (EC).
The Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), along with others including the UK Department for Transport, has been fighting to resolve this issue for more than two years.
In simple terms, the EC plans to issue a new Motor Insurance Directive, as a result of which all EU Member States must put into their National Law compulsory and unlimited third-party liability insurance to cover personal injury between motorsport competitors and car-to-car damage during any competition – from Formula 1, Moto GP, World Rally to karting, historic and grassroots, whether regulated by the FIA or FIM or not.
However, such widespread unlimited new insurance is not currently, and, the MIA understands, will not in the future be available – so motorsport will be unable to continue anywhere in the EU. Please read the summary below if you wish to fully understand the serious nature of this problem.
Please respond by 20th OCTOBER to the EC Review Consultation: https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/finance-2017-motor-insurance_en
By using the simple ‘MIA Response Guidelines’ (see below) this will take LESS THAN 10 MINUTES – a short time commitment to keep motorsport alive, and the jobs it supports, in place.
If motorsport was to cease, how many jobs will be lost directly from your organisation and indirectly by your suppliers or the sport, as this significant economic impact will influence the European Commission.
We ask that you help our community by sending this email request , and its attachments, to your most influential EU-based motorsport business and sporting contacts, urgently.
We really must work together to make the European Commission fully aware of the economic importance of motorsport and the employment which our sport and industry provides across the European Union.
MIA’s complete overview of the Vnuk issue and its potential to destroy the future of motorsport.
Could the European Commission’s (EC) Motor Insurance Directive end EU and UK Motorsport?
Yes – an unintended consequence of the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the case of Damijan Vnuk v Zavarovalnica Triglav d.d. (case C-162/13)1 is that motorsport vehicles anddrivers are now required to be covered by unlimited third-party motor insurance during competition.
If the EC’s Motor Insurance Directive is not amended, this ruling could end motorsport in the EU and UK.
The MIA offers a solution below which needs
ACTION BEFORE 20 OCTOBER.
The Vnuk case (C-162/13)
In August 2007, a farmer, on a tractor with a trailer attached, was reversing in the farmyard to position the trailer in a barn, when it struck a ladder on which Mr Vnuk had climbed, causing him to fall.
The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) was asked to confirm whether the circumstances of Mr Vnuk’s accident (i.e. the use of a tractor as a machine rather than as transport and whilst being in a farmyard) fell within the duty to insure a vehicle, as required under the existing Motor Insurance Directive.
The CJEU ruled that ‘any use of a vehicle, consistent with its normal function’ was required to be insured under Article 3.1 of the EC Directive.
As using a tractor to manoeuvre a trailer on a farmyard is consistent with ‘the normal function of that vehicle’, the CJEU confirmed Mr Vnuk’s accident should have been covered by third party insurance but were silent about the farmyard so it is widely assumed the Directive extends to use on private land. A vehicle is defined, widely, in the Directive (Article 1.1) as ‘any motor vehicle intended for travel on land and propelled by mechanical power, but not running on rails, and any trailer, whether or not coupled’.
Difficult issues for Motorsport
This CJEU ruling makes unlimited third-party insurance compulsory for anyone using any form of motorised transport in any location in EU Member States. This includes all participants in all forms of motorsport – cars, motorbikes, karts, drag, rally etc. at all levels from grassroots to Formula 1, whether regulated or unregulated. This compulsory, unlimited insurance must cover all third-party damage, eg personal injury to other competitors and any damage to their vehicles, damage to property and injury to marshals etc.
Additionally, the EC Motor Insurance Directive has many exacting requirements, all of which must be met for the compulsory insurance to be compliant. These include:
The Directive allows Member States to exempt or derogate from the motor insurance requirement (a) certain types of vehicle and (b) certain vehicles having a special plate. So Member States could exempt motorsport vehicles from the requirement of the Directive, but this does not mean the liability goes away.
In the event of a claim where such ‘derogated’ vehicles are in use, it will fall to either the National Guarantee Fund (ie Motor Insurers Bureau in the UK), or a similar organisation, to compensate the victim from a central fund. Hence, if motorsport vehicles were exempted, the subsequent cost of the many claim arising from motorsport activities will dramatically increase the amount of compensation being paid by one of these funding options (eg MIB in the UK) so requiring a significant increase in the size of the fund.
This would transfer the cost of this solution onto the insurance of road-going motorists and be unfair when considering the high risk which competitive motorsport use represents, when compared to the normal use of a road-going motor vehicle. By working closely with Member States following the ruling, it is understood that, currently, none have a system which complies with the interpretation of the EC Directive given by the Vnuk ruling. In addition, insurers, including specialists in the London market, have failed to confirm how much it would cost to provide this new compulsory third party cover for motorsport but many have stated that such a level of risk is effectively uninsurable or, if made available, would be at a cost no participant could afford and so motorsport would cease.
‘Principles of precedent’ mean the CJEU interpretation of Article 3.1 took immediate effect in September 2014. Member States are now legally obliged to change their National Law to ensure the full effect of the Directive and the Vnuk ruling is implemented, so motorsport cannot ignore these dangers.
An immediate opportunity for motorsport to resolve this issue – before October 20th
As the European Commission are currently undertaking a better regulation ‘REFIT’ review of the whole Motor Insurance Directive We have until 20th October, to deliver maximum support for an amendment to the Directive which restricts the SCOPE of this proposed third party motor insurance to being‘applicable in the context of traffic only’.
The Commission offers FOUR options for Amendment in their Review, of which the best, by far, limits the scope of compulsory third party motor insurance to only those accidents caused by motor vehicles ’in the context of traffic’.
Traffic is defined as being where ‘the use of a vehicle for the transport of persons or goods, whether stationary or in motion, in areas where the public has access, in accordance with national law’. This amendment will reflect current insurance requirements in many Member States, who then are free to choose to have more substantial or extensive insurance requirements, in their National Law, for motorsport and/or other activities but without compulsion from the European Commission to do so.
To do nothing, or to implement any of the other options offered by the Commission, will mean the closure of motorsport activities across the EU and significantly impact all motorists and the insurance industry.
It is NOW vital that ALL motorsport organisations, from every EU Member State, respond by 20 OCTOBER to this REFIT review consultation and support the simple amendment offered.
The MIA has published easy to follow guidance on how to respond to this on www.the-mia.com so please refer to this. For any questions, please email email@example.com
See the Advocate General’s opinion in case C-334/16
Public consultation on REFIT Review of Directive
2009/103/EC on motor insurance (VNUK)
Response guidance from the MIA
Your response before 20 October is VITAL
To enter your answers and respond to this consultation will take no more than TEN minutes if you use each step this MIA guidance as a base for your response. You could even ‘cut and paste’ some of the words we provide to reduce this time if you wish. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Please note – only responses received through this EU Commission online questionnaire will be taken into account and included in the report summarising the responses. They ask that you indicate the expected economic or social impact on your organisation’s activities and provide ‘evidence’ if possible.
Go to this EU Commission webpage – https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations/finance-2017-motor-insurance_en
Under ‘View the Questionnaire’…Click the link – ‘Respond to the Consultation’
Under Section 2. ‘Your opinion’…
Scroll down through Section A to reach ‘Section B – Questions to Businesses, Business and Consumer Association…continue scrolling down until you reach ‘B.2.7. SCOPE’ – and read the detail associated with the Scope section
You only need to answer Questions 27, 28, 29, 30, 31and 32. Our suggested responses which cover the essential issues follow. Please change these to suit your business and add additional comments to your answers, as you wish.
Q27: Answer – ‘No… it should only apply to public roads, not private property’.
Q28: Answer – ‘No – exempting/derogating motorsport vehicles from the requirement of the Directive does not mean the liability goes away. The number of accidents between motorsport vehicles is far more regular than in traffic conditions due to the competition. In the event of a claim where ‘derogated/exempted vehicles’ are in use, it falls to either the National Guarantee Fund, or a similar organisation, to compensate the victim from a central fund. So if motorsport vehicles were to be exempted, the subsequent cost of claims arising uninsured motorsport activities would dramatically increase the amount of compensation being paid by one of these funding options (eg. MIB in the UK), so requiring a significant increase in the size of the fund being raised from road-user insurance.
Transferring the cost of this solution, arising from accidents in motorsport, onto the road-going motorist would be unfair when considering the increased risk which competitive motorsport use represents when compared to the normal use of a road-going motor vehicle.
Q29: Answer – ‘All vehicles used for motorsport activities’
Q30: Answer – ‘No – motorsport activities should not be covered by compulsory Motor Third Party Liability (MTPL) insurance’
Q31: Answer – ‘No…. compulsory Motor Third Party Liability (MTPL) insurance should not cover accidents that occur in areas which the public are not allowed to access’
Q32: THIS IS YOUR VERY IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY to explain the impact on your organisation if motorsport ceased across the EU and the UK due to their being no availability of the required insurance. Please show what job and sales revenue will be lost, directly and indirectly. Some of the words below may help you to answer this question.
– As no Motor Third Party Liability (MTPL) insurance will be available to cover motorsport activities, motorsport would cease to exist. As a direct result, XXX employees would lose their jobs in my organisation and many more jobs would be lost in my XXX suppliers in the EU and the UK. The forced closure of European motorsport will be a direct consequence of this Directive unless the wording is amended as requested.
– It is estimated, by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA), that more than €25 billion of sales in motorsport would be lost across EU member states and, based on their research in 2000/02/13/14, some 50,000 motorsport-related jobs will be lost in the UK alone and tens of thousands more throughout EU Member States.
– We strongly support your Option 3 as being the correct interpretation and that the place of use should be defined as being ‘in traffic only’, as defined in the REFIT review of the Motor Insurance Directive Impact Assessment. It is not the ‘function of the vehicle’ which matters but the ‘place of the vehicle’ is in use.
– Principle 6 of the IOC’s Olympic Charter specifically states “the practice of sport is a human right”.
The EU’s revised European Sports Charter of 2001 confirmed the importance and social value of sport and their European Economic and Social Committee in 2011 stated “sport contributes to the cultural and social life for both the individual and society as a whole”
– In Article 6 and Article 165 of the Lisbon Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), the importance of sport is legally acknowledged, and the promotion of sport as an EU objective is emphasized. Article 165 calls on the EU to “contribute to the promotion of sporting issues, while taking into account the specific nature of sport, its structures based on voluntary activity and its social and educational function”.
Then Click…’next’ …then click ‘Submit’ … your response has now been submitted to the EU Commission.
Please note – your complete response must be sent by 20 October 2017.
So what do you do when Autosport Magazine calls you up and asks if you'd like to go and drive the Nurburgring with RSRNurburg, well obviously you jump on the next available flight and do it! Check out how Jay got on during his very first laps on the legendary circuit.
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#TrackAddict Follower Alex Hardt a few weeks ago claimed to be the fastest E36 M3 around the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit with a 7:31 BTG time. Now this might not sound to fast by modern standards, especially when it seems most manufactures are there trying to set lap record after lap record. Constantly trying to one up each other. But, when you take into consideration Alex's M3 is 20 years old it caught our attention.
So what do you do when, In Alex's own words "Yesterday was my perfect day." Well you have to go faster and that's what he did, to the tune of six seconds! setting a 7:25 BTG. Alex claims a few small setup changes and becoming more familiar with the car is helping him get the times down. He even claims he can go faster still. "I have to fix the broken VANOS in the next few days, hopefully the engine will be a bit more powerful next time"
Six seconds might not sound much over 12.9 miles but every half a second per mile counts! For those of you not familiar with the Nurburgring, BTG refers to "Bridge To Gantry" its basically the accepted timing measure for people running on tourist sessions or track days. The lap time starts as you pass under the Bilstein Bridge and ends when you pass under the Audi Gantry along the dottinger hohe straight.
We'll be bringing you more of Alex's car when #TrackAddict heads back to the Nurburgring in August but for now, sit back and watch his awesome lap!
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The video from our Rockingham track day is now live on youtube. Huge thanks to Royal UK Media for another great production.
Watch it now!
Give this a watch for a great round up of the cars on display at the Autosport International show!
We're once again heading back to Rockingham to kick our 2017 track season off in style. The last 2 years have proved to be very popular so if you want to join us on track you'll need to be quick to secure your space. This years event will take place on Saturday 25th March.
Priced at £165.00 we only operate an open pit lane format this means you maximise your track time rather than being confined to sessions.
In a twist for this years event we would love for as many of you guys as possible to attend the day, we're planning on expanding the day with trade stands & prize givings. Even if you dont book the track time then come along and enjoy a day of being a petrol head. Passenger passes are available on the day and there will be some awesome cars to sample from the passenger seat.
If you want to book then you can do now - Book Here
The last bit of info you'll need... The day's noise limit is 98db static tested so make sure your car complies.
In an exciting development #TrackAddict's very own Jason Hardy has started writing a quarterly column for the newly released Track Car Performance Magazine.
The second edition of the magazine has just been released and features the second #TrackAddict column and new for this issue is the #TrackAddict sponsored car of the quarter.
You can subscribe for 2 years for £33! simply visit www.trackcarperformance.com