Motor racing may come to the streets of Ryedale after MP Robert Goodwill announced his intention to alter existing legislation.
The region’s Minister for Transport said he is campaigning for changes to the legislation regarding road closures for public events, which would allow races to be held on public roads.
“A lot of people are fans of motorsport,” said Terrington-based Mr Goodwill, himself a “petrolhead” and fan of motor racing. “Imagine a Yorkshire TT or Yorkshire Rally. It would increase opportunities for tourism in our area.”
At present, for a race to be held on a public road in mainland United Kingdom, an application must be made to the Secretary of State, as was the case for the Tour de France, which is coming to Yorkshire in July.
Changes to legislation, proposed by the Department for Transport, could see local authorities decide themselves whether to close roads for public events.
Regional locations where races are held at present, such as Dalby Forest or Oliver’s Mount in Scarborough, are possible as they are held on private roads.
“There will be potential conflict,” added Mr Goodwill. “If you live in Harwood Dale then the roads into the village might be closed, but it would allow all sorts of opportunities for all different types of motorsports.”