Sharing: Motorsport UK Opens Throttle on Restarting Motorsport from 4th July

Posted on the Motorsport UK website here.

Wednesday 27 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).

 

LATEST: Abingdon CAR-nival 2020 postponed

From the Event Director, Barry Guess, on 24 March 20:

Subject: Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival

I am sure most of you are wondering where we stand regarding the 2020 Abingdon Motorsport CAR-nival planned for 6th / 7th June.

Following government announcements and guidelines from Defence Infrastructure Organisation advising the suspension of 3rd Party Casual Uses of MoD property until 1st July, sadly we have no option other than to postpone the event.

I am working with Dalton Barracks to establish a potential target date for a re-arranged event (as well as a new date for the Long Course Sprint) and I would urge those of you who attended the initial planning meeting to give thought to the issues and tasks raised at the meeting, particularly with regard to stage layouts.

Please look after yourselves and keep in touch via social media or email.
Best regards
Barry Guess

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

 

FDMC policy re Coronavirus (updated 17 March 2020)

FDMC statement: Our Club will continue to follow Motorsport UK’s guidance on Coronavirus and other policy areas.

Summary: “… 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”.

Read Motorsport UK’s latest announcement in full here.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media

 

 

FDMC Event: Rushmoor Targa 2019

Welcome to the FDMC Rushmoor Targa Rally 2019, to be held at Rushmoor Arena on Sunday 10th November.

Here are the event regs: 2019 Rushmoor Targa Regulations v3.

Online entries and payment are preferred: click (deleted) then make your payment (form also deleted).

Current entry list is here (this gets updated manually so your entry may not appear immediately).

Marshal registration form here.

Posted by Geoff Wade, FDMC Media.

Results: September Solo 19

The Organising Team are pleased to announce the final results for the September Solo 2019 event, which took place on the 8th September at Bordon.

We were blessed to have perfect weather for the event. This helped as we had a full entry with a great mix of drivers.

I do want to take the time to say thank-you to the non-competing marshals & officials who worked hard to get all everyone signed on and through for all four test with some time to spare.

And the winners are:
Fastest Overall Michael Yates
Best on Index John Fox
Fastest Lady Emma Olsen
Best U18 Harry Nicholls

2nd U18 Thomas Eckett
1st in Class B Bob Milligan
1st in Class C Steve Conner
1st in Class D Sam Wright
1st in Class E Jim Bryant
1st in Class F Keith Pettit
2nd in Class B Alan Wakeman
2nd in Class C Aaron Roffey
2nd in Class D Luke Brough
2nd in Class E Tom Caldecourt
2nd in Class F Kacper Potyra
3rd in Class B Russell Higgs
3rd in Class C Philip Turner
3rd in Class D David Wright
3rd in Class E Greg Rogers

Results in PDF format:

FDMC September Solo 2019 Final Results

FDMC September Solo 2019 Class Results

We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Best regards & thanks for your entry
Neil Brown on behalf of the Organising Team

Posted by: Geoff Wade, FDMC Media (E: geoffwade@fdmc.org.uk)