Like hundreds of thousands of motorsport enthusiasts, I have fond memories of standing in muddy Welsh forests watching rally cars blaze past.

This week, the future of forest stage rallying is vulnerable to a severe body blow that could prove fatal to the sport’s future in Wales.

The forest rallies are predominantly held on gravel tracks on land administered by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), which is a Welsh Government agency.

To save each rally organiser the hassle of having to negotiate hire of the tracks with NRW, the Motor Sports Association strikes a ‘Master Agreement’ that sets the price of accessing the forests for all events.

The previous Master Agreement expired in December 2015 and the MSA forged new agreements with the bodies controlling the forests in England and Scotland.