Motorsport Uk looking to restart motorsport as of early July

 

Official Motorsport UK release – dated 27th May 2020

Motorsport UK has announced that in anticipation of motorsport restarting in the UK from 4th July, it is inviting online permit applications from 1st June 2020.

Motorsport is currently suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020. Following ongoing positive dialogue with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and having set out its strategy and anticipated conditions for restarting motorsport disciplines, the governing body is now moving to its next phase of getting the sport back on track. Further details will be communicated following the next Motorsport UK Board meeting of 3rd June.

Any resumption of motorsport is contingent on event organisers demonstrating that they can plan in accordance with the recently published, “Getting Back on Track” guidelines of Motorsport UK, while respecting government guidance on social distancing.

Motorsport UK is also acutely aware that different devolved territories of the UK may be moving at different paces in easing restrictions; any application for an event permit will be subject to approval based on the prevailing government advice. The move is also contingent on governments continuing with measures to open up society and that further restrictions resultant of any additional waves of COVID-19 are not required.

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, commented“In March, Motorsport UK moved quickly and in line with government to suspend motorsport, while everyone’s priority was restricting the spread of this terrible disease and protecting the NHS. It is now right that, as government has set out plans to ease restrictions, we move in step and introduce the next stage of our phased restart. Unlike many sports, motorsport in the UK is an industry in itself, employing tens of thousands and contributing billions of pounds to the UK economy.”

“We always said that, when the conditions were right, we would take a responsible decision to resume motorsport in order to sustain the sport, jobs and the economy. We have explained our plans to government and are fortunate that motorsport takes place outdoors over large controlled spaces. Our plan is that, subject to government advice and ongoing lifting of restrictions, motorsport will resume from 4th July. We are making this announcement now as event organisers, venues, preparation specialists, the supply chain, volunteer Marshals, Officials and Competitors all need time to put in place their plans.”

There will be a number of caveats of granting event permits, including that event organisers commit that their events will be held behind closed doors, appropriate PPE requirements are met, and that each organiser must appoint a COVID-19 officer to ensure compliance with any relevant guidelines. Furthermore, there will be a limit on the number of permits issued for July to 50% of those in the corresponding month of 2019, in order that there are sufficient volunteer Official and Marshal resources available to support the restart in a safe and responsible manner. No national or British championship events will take place in July to reduce potential national and international travel (excludes FIA championships).

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Entries flooding in fast for the SIM RACING Challenge!

The newly announced Rotax SIM RACING Challenge, which starts on April 27th, has had significant interest from all four corners of the globe, since the entry banks opened on April 8th.

Over 430 drivers from both the karting and eSports racing world have registered so far for the event itself, making it a true global spectacle, just like at the Grand Finals.

A week-long competition will see one driver take home the grand prize of a place at the 2020 Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals, getting the chance to race the Project E20 at the Bahrain International Karting Circuit between November 7th to 14th.

Following the trend as most motorsports have done so to go digital in these difficult times, Rotax has opted to host this event on iRacing, one of the most recognised global racing simulators, using the Skip Barber 2000 cars at the Okayama International Circuit.

Broadcast coverage along with live commentary will be via YouTube, with further details on this due to be announced soon.

With a total cap of 1000 entries for the SIM RACING Challenge itself, the following format has been outlined:

  • The first three days, starting on April 27th, will see all drivers will take part in the initial qualification stage, with servers being open for five hours and drivers will have just ten minutes (3 laps) to get their best times in.
  • The top 72 drivers after the three days will then proceed to the Pre Finals, with all odd numbered qualifiers put into Pre Final A, and the odds into Pre Final B.
  • Each Pre Final will consist of a ten minute/three lap qualifying session and a 14 lap race.
  • The top 18 drivers from each Pre Final will then go into the Final itself, which will have a ten minute/three lap qualifying session and 20 laps to decide the overall winner.

The Prizes for the SIM RACING Challenge are as follows:

First: Grand Finals ticket for RMCGF 2020 – competing in the eKart Grand Finals 2020

Second: €500 Prize

Third: €250 Prize

Fourth: €150 Prize

Fifth: €50 Prize

Entries close on this coming Sunday (26th April), but to get your place on the grid, head to the following link to find out more: https://www.rotax-kart.com/de/Max-Challenge/SIMRACING/OVERVIEW

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Rotax heads into the eSports world with the SIM RACING Challenge!

 

Gunskirchen, April 07, 2020

BRP-Rotax is very pleased to announce the launch of a special event for the worldwide Rotax family, as well as everyone else interested to participate: the first ever Rotax SIM RACING Challenge, a virtual reality race on the platform of iRacing.com. 

During this COVID-19 situation, where we all have to stay safe at home, BRP-Rotax has created a possibility for the racing community to fight for the podium against drivers from all over the world in a virtual eSport formula racing experience. 

The first Rotax SIM RACING Challenge is going online from April, 27th to May, 3rd 2020

All interested racers are called to join the global sim racing community to be part of this exciting, thrilling event, where you have the chance to WIN a ticket for the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2020 in Bahrain driving the Rotax Project E20 eKart. Beyond that, there are other great prizes to win! Details for registration are available on the website www.rotax-kart.com. 

Sim Racing is already regarded as an immensely valuable training tool for professional racers where they can stay ‘race-fit’ when they are not on track. F1 hotshots, who were Rotax champions during their karting career, like Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi and many 

others, are now honing their own skills from home keeping active with eSport racing. Another former karter, Rudy van Buren, became the first ever McLaren F1 “World’s Fastest Gamer” eSports cham- pion, where his amazing talent enabled him to achieve his F1 dream as a simulator development driver and this season, continues this role for the Mahindra Racing Formula E Team. 

“With the Rotax SIM RACING Challenge, BRP-Rotax is entering a new level of eTechnology and we are very pleased to offer this exciting opportunity to our worldwide Rotax racing family and fans, along with the wider Motorsport community”, said Peter Ölsinger, General Manager BRP-Rotax / Member of the Management Board, Vice President Sales, Marketing RPS-Business & Communications.

“The winner has the chance to take part at the Rotax MAX Challenge Grand Finals 2020 in Bahrain, the annual highlight of the karting season, where the leading Rotax kart drivers globally compete. But for now, we’re bringing our Rotax family together in the race against COVID-19.” 

Rotax has already set the pace in the real world of eKarting for the past two seasons and when the racing begins again this year, the new Project E20 will undoubtedly boost electric karting. 

How does it work: 

The Rotax SIM RACING Challenge is organized the same as a real race event. In the first 3 days, all drivers have the chance to qualify for the pre-finals. On each of these 3 days, the servers will be open for approximately 5 hours for the qualifying. The fastest 72 drivers are then able to show their skills during the pre-finals, which are divided into 2 groups with 36 drivers in each. The first 18 from both pre-finals will qualify for the final race, where they will battle for the ultimate prize of a ticket to compete at the RMCGF 2020 in Bahrain. The entire Rotax SIM RACING Challenge can be followed on our live streaming over YouTube, supported by live commentary. 

More information about registration and regulations are on www.rotax-kart.com

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Motorsport UK Announces £1M Club Continuity Funding Package

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM MOTORSPORT UK – 08/04/2020

Motorsport UK, the national governing body of four-wheel motorsport, today announced a £1 million funding package to help its clubs address the financial consequences of COVID-19.

The funding is one of a number of measures that it is implementing to offset the economic impact that the global pandemic has wrought across the sport.

In order to help protect the NHS and save lives, Motorsport UK has suspended all event permits until 30 June. This suspension is subject to a rolling review to enable the sport to resume as soon as is practicable.

Motorsport UK typically issues around 4,500 event permits per annum, across all forms of motorsport in the UK. Although circuit racing enjoys the highest profile, there are a broad range of other motorsport disciplines enjoyed by more than 40,000 licence holders across karting, speed, trials, cross-country, rally, autocross, rallycross, drag racing and autotest events. Many of these grassroots, low cost motorsport activities can be undertaken in standard or lightly modified road cars and by enthusiasts funding their sport from their own pocket.

Motorsport UK is setting aside the £1 million of funding to support its 720 member clubs, responsible for organising and promoting motorsport at all levels in the UK. The aim is to mitigate immediate financial risk and help to aid recovery towards a strong and sustainable future.

There are some 40,000 people working in the motorsport industry in the UK, and they are predominantly self-employed or working for small organisations, with combined revenues of £10 billion per annum. The suspension of all motorsport has an immediate and detrimental effect on the workforce, and the government has acted to begin to provide support in this area. At the same time the burden has firmly fallen on the event organising clubs and championship organisers many of whom have no recourse to government aid.

In recognition of the considerable hardship placed on its member clubs, the Motorsport UK Board has agreed to allocate £1 million of direct funding to support the community. This investment will be used to create two funds, each valued at £500,000, to provide loan and grant support to Motorsport UK clubs through this challenging period.

A Motorsport UK panel will review each application and decide the amount to be awarded and the funding mechanism.

Applicants may receive funding from the Motorsport UK Club Continuity Loan Fund or The Motorsport UK Club Continuity Grant Fund.

The Continuity Funds have been created to support clubs who are most at risk due to the pandemic. Such clubs may be awarded funding from either stream up to a grant value of £10,000 or a maximum loan value of £25,000.

Clubs are expected to use all government guidance and support available to them before considering applying for the funds.

The Motorsport UK Club Continuity Funds should be a last resort for clubs who are able to demonstrate that after taking all reasonable steps and without a level of intervention, they will struggle to resume activities as a direct result of COVID-19.

Motorsport UK has taken measures to protect its own financial position at this time including furloughing one third of its staff, freezing all discretionary spend, suspending investment in capital expenditure projects, reducing staff pay and cutting working hours across the organisation for the duration of this period.
David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, said, “These are unprecedented times for the nation and for motorsport. Our community looks to us to provide leadership and help protect motorsport from the financial fallout of this pandemic.  We have taken measures to reduce the overheads of the core organisation, while continuing to provide the essential levels of service to the sport. Today we have launched a series of financial measures that member clubs can access, in order to try and mitigate some of the hardship they are inevitably suffering.

 “During this time, there is a spirit that we are all in this together, and it is only right that Motorsport UK takes practical measures to reduce expenditure, while launching these funds to preserve those responsible for organising events, without whom there can be no motorsport. We are custodians of motorsport in the UK and have a responsibility to our clubs, to do all that we realistically can, to sustain their operations at this uniquely challenging time.”

Motorsport UK, the national governing body of four-wheel motorsport, today announced a £1 million funding package to help its clubs address the financial consequences of COVID-19.

The funding is one of a number of measures that it is implementing to offset the economic impact that the global pandemic has wrought across the sport.

In order to help protect the NHS and save lives, Motorsport UK has suspended all event permits until 30 June. This suspension is subject to a rolling review to enable the sport to resume as soon as is practicable.

Motorsport UK typically issues around 4,500 event permits per annum, across all forms of motorsport in the UK. Although circuit racing enjoys the highest profile, there are a broad range of other motorsport disciplines enjoyed by more than 40,000 licence holders across karting, speed, trials, cross-country, rally, autocross, rallycross, drag racing and autotest events. Many of these grassroots, low cost motorsport activities can be undertaken in standard or lightly modified road cars and by enthusiasts funding their sport from their own pocket.

Motorsport UK is setting aside the £1 million of funding to support its 720 member clubs, responsible for organising and promoting motorsport at all levels in the UK. The aim is to mitigate immediate financial risk and help to aid recovery towards a strong and sustainable future.

There are some 40,000 people working in the motorsport industry in the UK, and they are predominantly self-employed or working for small organisations, with combined revenues of £10 billion per annum. The suspension of all motorsport has an immediate and detrimental effect on the workforce, and the government has acted to begin to provide support in this area. At the same time the burden has firmly fallen on the event organising clubs and championship organisers many of whom have no recourse to government aid.

In recognition of the considerable hardship placed on its member clubs, the Motorsport UK Board has agreed to allocate £1 million of direct funding to support the community. This investment will be used to create two funds, each valued at £500,000, to provide loan and grant support to Motorsport UK clubs through this challenging period.

A Motorsport UK panel will review each application and decide the amount to be awarded and the funding mechanism.

Applicants may receive funding from the Motorsport UK Club Continuity Loan Fund or The Motorsport UK Club Continuity Grant Fund.

The Continuity Funds have been created to support clubs who are most at risk due to the pandemic. Such clubs may be awarded funding from either stream up to a grant value of £10,000 or a maximum loan value of £25,000.

Clubs are expected to use all government guidance and support available to them before considering applying for the funds.

The Motorsport UK Club Continuity Funds should be a last resort for clubs who are able to demonstrate that after taking all reasonable steps and without a level of intervention, they will struggle to resume activities as a direct result of COVID-19.

Motorsport UK has taken measures to protect its own financial position at this time including furloughing one third of its staff, freezing all discretionary spend, suspending investment in capital expenditure projects, reducing staff pay and cutting working hours across the organisation for the duration of this period.
David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, said, “These are unprecedented times for the nation and for motorsport. Our community looks to us to provide leadership and help protect motorsport from the financial fallout of this pandemic.  We have taken measures to reduce the overheads of the core organisation, while continuing to provide the essential levels of service to the sport. Today we have launched a series of financial measures that member clubs can access, in order to try and mitigate some of the hardship they are inevitably suffering.

 “During this time, there is a spirit that we are all in this together, and it is only right that Motorsport UK takes practical measures to reduce expenditure, while launching these funds to preserve those responsible for organising events, without whom there can be no motorsport. We are custodians of motorsport in the UK and have a responsibility to our clubs, to do all that we realistically can, to sustain their operations at this uniquely challenging time.”

 

New changes for 2020 Rotax MAX Euro Trophy calendar

Following on with the COVID-19 pandemic that is still continuing its global disruption, there has been a further hefty revision to the 2020 Rotax MAX Euro Trophy season calendar, which was originally due to start at Karting Genk in Belgium on April 10th, before being put back to the second weekend of May.

The further revised calendar, now in its third iteration, will now have Paul Fletcher International in the United Kingdom as its opening round, which stays at the originally planned dates of July 10th to 12th.

This means that Karting Genk will now host the second round, having been the season opener for the last two years, as the dates at the Limburg-based circuit will now be between the 7th and 9th of August.

Wackersdorf’s Prokart Raceland circuit will also remain on its original specified dates from the 4th to 6th of September, but now becomes the penultimate round of the season.

This now sees the reintroduction of Adria Karting Raceway as the final round for 2020, with the Veneto region provisionally set to host the curtain call between October 23rd and 25th.

Micro and Mini MAX are set to appear at all rounds, apart from Germany, with the DEKM set to make its Euro Trophy début at Wackersdorf, as had already been scheduled.

“In response to the ongoing pandemic, we have had to be proactive to the changes that are still very fluid as we know, and amend our calendar to what we have now,” explained Meik Wagner, CEO of promoters Camp Company GmbH and MW Race Consulting.

“We can’t thank the relevant circuit owners and local ASNs enough, who have been so accomodating to help to us manage this as best we can, considering the circumstances.

“We are still looking ahead in a positive manner, to see everyone at the racetrack very soon. We hope all our competitors, teams and supporters stay safe at this difficult period, and we await the return to see some great racing.”

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BRP-ROTAX HONOURS ITS KART DISTRIBUTORS OF THE YEAR FOR 2019

Gunskirchen, Austria, March 31st 2020

BRP-Rotax yearly recognizes the efforts of its karting distributors to demonstrate sales achievements linked with operational excellence that lead to strengthen

BRP-Rotax’s sales and marketing efforts in respective areas around the world. In times like this when our world changes in increasing pace, it is even more important to acknowledge the outstanding work of its partners. BRP-Rotax therefore proudly announced the top three members of the BRP-Rotax 2019 Karting Distributor of the Year Award:

1st place: JAG Engineering, UK
2nd place: SODIKART S.A., France
3rd place: International Karting Distributors (IKD), Australia

“Congratulations to JAG, Sodikart and IKD, which all are long-time business partners of BRP-Rotax! It is well deserved as they have optimally fulfilled our standardized parameters which we have defined to  choose the winners. We want to acknowledge the professional work and professional practices implemented in their business and race organization throughout the past year,” said Peter Oelsinger, General Manager BRP-Rotax / Member of the Management Board, Vice President Sales, Marketing RPS- Business & Communications.

“We would like to thank all our distributors for their commitment and work in the past. Let’s all stand together in this challenging year and stay strong and healthy,” he continued considering the COVID-19 situation. 

The company would like to announce the winners as it is an appreciation for the focus and determination all distributors put into the business throughout the year to achieve the goals. The best appreciation of their work however is the positive feedback of satisfied customers. During the past years Rotax kart distributors have accumulated extensive experience in successfully supporting and promoting the Rotax kart business with outstanding marketing activities in their local markets and beyond. Strong partners enable the company to further improve the business and with 43 authorized distributors and a network of more than 600 service centers and dealers BRP-Rotax supports its customers worldwide. 

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Motorsport UK COVID-19 Q&A – Updated 25/03/20


Official release from Motorsport UK – 25/03/2020

The whole motorsport community is affected by the Coronavirus outbreak, and we fully appreciate the challenges it has created for our members, clubs, venues, promoters, teams and all organisations within the industry. These are unprecedented times for everyone, it is a fluid situation and the speed of change is requiring all of us to reset our perspectives on a daily basis.

We have had a wide range of questions as a result of the situation, and here we have provided answers to the core concerns. In some cases, it is difficult to provide definitive answers and we are constantly reviewing the situation to offer our best advice. If the answer you are looking for is not listed below please contact us for further clarification:

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Can I still contact Motorsport UK?

Yes. Motorsport UK is continuing to operate, with the Membership team available to deal with general enquiries and they can direct specific calls to the right expert. Motorsport UK has established a fully operational remote home office network that allows us to maintain our service to the community. All emails are being picked up and the organisation phone numbers are on divert.

When will the motorsport season resume?

Motorsport organising permits have been suspended until at least 30th June. This is an evolving situation, and is subject to Government advice, and we will issue updates as soon as there is any change.

We understand that clubs and event organisers need as much notice as possible in order to assess whether their events are likely to go ahead. Motorsport UK will take a responsible approach on the resumption of the motorsport calendar, following government advice and consulting various stakeholders in order to make the right decision. The safety, health and wellbeing of our community, and the whole of the country is paramount.

Are you still processing licence applications?

Online licence applications will be processed. We appreciate that people may be applying to maintain the status of their licence.

Motorsport UK has suspended the processing of postal licences at this time; any applications that have been received but not processed are being dealt with directly with the applicant. Unless requested otherwise, postal applications will be held and processed at a later date, on the resumption of the season.

The RS Clubman licence application process is also temporarily suspended at this time.

Will I get a refund on my licence fee?

All Motorsport UK licences issued remain valid for the full calendar year. Motorsport UK is optimistic the sport can continue in 2020, and therefore Motorsport UK is not refunding licence fees.

Motorsport UK will continue to service its club and member community throughout any hiatus when the sport is suspended. As a not-for-profit national governing body, all of the organisation’s licence revenues are directly invested back into the sport across training and education, sport and development, elevating motorsport safety, developing technical standards, providing a governance and judicial framework and sport promotion. This affects future years as much as it does 2020.

Our efforts in all these areas continue through the crisis in order that we can resume as rapidly as possible, and that we secure the long-term sustainability of the sport. Our revenue is very largely derived from licence fees and assumes a full year of revenue to allow this level of resource for the sport.

How can I help the public effort around COVID-19?

The Government has launched an urgent appeal for 250,000 volunteers to help the NHS in the battle against coronavirus. The country will be under pressure for some time, and our community is exceptionally well equipped to take on roles that help society to function.

The Government is looking for DBS cleared staff, people with driving licenses and medically qualified staff.

If you fall into any of the categories outlined above, you can register as an NHS volunteer here

CLUB / ORGANISER Q&A

Can I still apply for a permit for events after the 30th June?

Yes. We are taking permit bookings as normal for dates after the suspension is in place. If the suspension date is extended again we will contact anyone who has applied for a permit during the new period of suspension.

Will Motorsport UK refund the permit fee for cancelled events?

In most cases Motorsport UK takes payment after an event has taken place, so no-one will have to pay for cancelled events. For events with Certificates of Exemption, clubs can either request the Certificate of Exemption be postponed to a later date in the year, or the money can be placed in credit to be utilised against another Permit. Alternatively they can request a refund.

If you have any questions about permits or future events please contact competitionsandclubs@motorsportuk.org.

Can a championship calendar be rescheduled without requiring signed agreement from the competitors?

Motorsport UK has granted an exemption under the General Regulations so that Organisers will be able to amend their Championship calendar without the requirement to obtain the written agreement of registered competitors for it to be accepted.  The organisers will simply provide to Motorsport UK a revised calendar prior to publication and we will authorise it as an amendment.  On the same basis organisers may amend the minimum number of rounds to count towards the overall Championship.

For all Rally, Cross Country, Autotest and Trials Championships the contact address will be Stuart.Haviland@motorsportuk.org

For all Race, Speed and Kart Championships the contact address will be Andrea.Duncan@motorsportuk.org

How can I best communicate with my club members beyond emails?

There are many ways to communicate with members or other groups. These include video conferences and our recommendations would be using Microsoft Teams (which also acts as a messenger service), Zoom, or Skype. Setting up Facebook pages to use as forums for your club is also a very good idea and social media can be a key way to ensure your club continues to have a community environment. Smaller groups work well with WhatsApp as well.

Is there more information on advice for my business at this time?

The link below provides all the details of the current Government policy, and we are working with the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) to make sure that we fight the corner for motorsport in all its different facets: Click here to find out more.

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Motorsport UK Extends Suspension of Motorsport Permits to 30th June

 

Official statement via Motorsport UK – Tuesday 24 March 2020

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained, “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives.  Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport.  When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective.  This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”

Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.

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Motorsport UK COVID-19 Update

Official Motorsport UK statement – Tuesday 17 March 2020

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.”

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