Motorsport South Africa this week cancelled Rainbow Drag Strip’s affiliation as it was not following regulations, but the club said it did not see the benefit of belonging to MSA.

Motorsport South Africa this week cancelled Rainbow Drag Strip’s affiliation as it was not following regulations, but the club said it did not see the benefit of belonging to MSA.

MSA said the decision was taken after Rainbow ran an event on February 9 without a permit, insufficient licensed MSA officials, and without providing MSA with any information regarding medical and safety facilities. One of the contestants was killed during the event.

“We are trying to get more information, but we did not know about the race,” said an MSA representative.

In a statement, MSA said Rainbow, which holds its races east of Johannesburg near Boksburg, already had a suspended fine imposed by a MSA Court of Enquiry on February 6 for non-compliance. The suspension was conditional upon no further similar offences.

“All future events held at this venue will be considered as Unauthorised Events, consequently no MSA licence holders or officials may participate or officiate at any of these events, as their licences will be revoked, and any injuries sustained by MSA-licensed competitors will not be covered by MSA’s medical insurance policy,” said the statement.

“We will advise all competitors not to attend Rainbow’s races and MSA licence holders will lose their licences if they do,” said the representative.

One of Rainbow’s race organisers, Jannie Erasmus, told CARtoday.com that they did not see the benefit of belonging to MSA, but would not give further comment.