This year’s much-lauded inaugural Welsh Road Races at Eppynt will not go ahead due to a change in the traffic laws, say organisers. The move comes after a hearing on January 9 with regard to the repeal of the Road Traffic Act. The repeal was to allow the use of closed Public Roads for Motorsport events. This repeal came into effect yesterday, on the 2nd February. The Welsh Road Race had gained permissions previously, but the current change in legislation, has put the the timescale of the event into jeopardy, as there will not be enough time to obtain the correct permissions now to permit the event. “We are working closely with the ACU, Crown Properties and Powys County Council to organise the Welsh Road Race, and under the new changes in legislation, the new deadlines that have been imposed, will make it very difficult to carry out a safe and successful event’, said Derek Smith, Managing Director of the Welsh Road Race. “The Board of Directors are absolutely devastated, for all the supporters and all concerned with the event. We have began steps to contact all our supporters and sponsors who are involved in the event.” Quite what the repeal is, and why it has forced the cancellation of the racing, is unclear, but it begs the question as to why organisers weren't aware of the consequences of the change in legislation prior to launching the races to great fanfare. Thousands of race goers have already booked accommodation for the event, which had failed to attract any of the stars of the road racing world... First MotoGP, now the road races – seems Wales has much to learn when out comes to staging a world class racing event.