At the Championship meeting tyres were discussed in some depth and the reasoning for them to remain E marked was questioned.

Martin Ford's response is the championship requires tyres in the Saloon & Sportscars classes to be road legal (but not governed by any lists as the cars fall in the A to H classification) , he & his fellow scrutineers would not necessarily know what was road legal or not. There are literally thousands of possible tyres that could be used. By specifying E marked at least the scrutineers have a fighting chance of policing the 'road legal & treaded' rule - ie: everything E marked is treaded & legal!.

I am firmly of the belief that now we are free from the list 1A / 1B situation then this E marking rule is not a major issue. All of the sticky / racy road tyres are still made (with an E mark) , they just fell into list 1C. As we all use pre 1977 cars (Period A to H!) then we can use anything. ie: Kumho V70a / Avon ZZR , Pirelli Corsa Classic , Yokohama A048r , Toyo etc etc.

- just check when buying tyres that they have an E marking.

Saloon & Sportscars are now back in one class each (from the Standard / Modified split classes of 2016). These will contain all the various varieties combined into one 'lump'.

Broken down this will mean there are 4 types of vehicles each that will be combined together - ie: Saloons will contain Road going Series / Road going Specialist / Modified Series & Modified Specialist.

Handicapping removes any advantage for performance but you will need to ensure that your car complies with the MSA regulations for its grouping - ie: Modified cars need cages / MSA Logbooks etc. , Road cars need full trim

Historic & Classic cars are not exempt from all of the 'modern' rules ! , if in doubt check with a scrutineer before the first meeting.

Having the Saloons / Sportscars back as combined classes will mean that full awards are likely to be presented as the numbers will be at the correct levels (not split).

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