Motorsport UK COVID-19 Update
17th March 2020
Firstly, in these unprecedented times, our thoughts are with all of you and your families and we wish you well.
Please see the announcement below from Motorsport UK. In light of this, both our Silverstone race meeting on 28th March and our Brands Hatch race meeting on 18th/19th April are at present postponed. Whether in the remainder of this year we will be able to obtain suitable alternative dates will depend on developments in the future and how long the embargo goes on for. We will keep you all fully informed.
We are arranging for refunds to be made to all entrants in full for the Silverstone International and Brands Hatch meetings.
Please be patient with us whilst we organise next steps and expect further communication shortly.
This announcement also includes previously mentioned race meetings, but also rallies, trials, sprints, hillclimbs and road runs so please check with the relevant organisers if you were due to attend any of this type of event.
The Club is continuing to monitor Government guidance and will continue to update this and other event guidelines, across all Club events, including MGLive!
All at MG Car Club
Motorsport UK COVID-19 Update
It is with regret that Motorsport UK is suspending all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April 2020. This suspension follows the latest guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This position will be constantly reviewed given prevailing information.
As the National Governing Body, we would ask all Motorsport UK members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s guidance during this difficult time.
We thank all of our members, organisers, officials, volunteers, staff and their families for their support during these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume sporting activity as soon as we are able. We also have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.
David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explained, “Clearly we live in challenging times and exceptional measures are required. The decision to suspend Motorsport UK permits on a temporary basis is not one that was taken lightly as the industry employs many thousands of people. However we have an over-riding responsibility to our members and the friends and families of our community. Furthermore, our social responsibilities extend to the broader population and the potential drain on valuable public health resources on which we are all reliant.
“The situation is very fluid and we will continue to monitor developments over the coming weeks and hope that we can resume the annual motorsport calendar at the opportune moment. In the immediate short term our efforts need to be focused on ensuring that the industry that backs up the sport has the financial support that it requires from the Government in order that it can be sustained beyond this extraordinary scenario.”