|We hope everyone has enjoyed the opening month of motorsport’s resumption. During these past four weeks, we have successfully run over 150 events across eight different disciplines in five different regions of the British Isles. Without your dedication, enthusiasm, time and support, none of this would have been possible. We would like to thank everyone in our community – our member clubs, officials, marshals, teams and competitors – for a constructive and truly collaborative approach to the safe and successful return of motorsport.
This weekend marks a new month and the next phase of our restart plans. Not only are there two Grands Prix at Silverstone, where over 420 volunteers will come together to help make the races possible, August will also see the start of our British Championships. The British Touring Car Championship, British F4 series and British GT Championship all get underway this weekend with the British Kart, British Rallycross and British Autotest Championships following suit later this month.
As well as the British titles, an increased number of permits are being allocated across the UK, with a further 312 being issued for next month so far.
Motorsport can only operate if we continue to follow the relevant guidance. This can be found at motorsportuk.org/restart
We encourage everyone to follow the Motorsport UK and applicable government guidelines. Whether you are a volunteer, competitor or team member, please be advised that you must maintain a distance of 2 metres. If 2 metres cannot be achieved, a face mask must be worn, even if operating outside.
Please respect the officials enforcing the guidance – they are simply maintaining a safe environment for all.
A reminder to all competitors that if you are ‘ok’ following an incident, please give the ‘thumbs-up’ signal when approached by a marshal.
Two posters are now available from Motorsport UK to convey the above messages. These can be downloaded from the Document Library.
Please do not invite any non-essential personnel to events.
If you are running a team, we recommend you bring a supply of PPE and sanitising products for your personnel. Please wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitiser and clean common touchpoints regularly.
Signing-on Declarations for Pre-event Scrutineering
It is important to ensure that the Chief Scrutineer has sight of the pre-event declarations in good time before the event to enable them to review a percentage of the forms and plan any spot checks that may be required throughout the day.
Remember that competitors should not be required to assemble in a single location with their vehicles for scrutineering, but spot checks can be undertaken at any time during the event, including in the assembly area. Any issues found in these spot checks will need to be rectified before the vehicle continues in the event.
Marshals’ Upgrade Assessments
We have received a number of questions regarding assessments and wish to clarify the situation. The person carrying out the assessment would be classed as an additional person, supplementary to requirements for the safe functioning of that post. For this reason, whilst social distancing measures remain in place, marshal upgrade assessments must not be undertaken. Should assessments for upgrade purposes need to be postponed until 2021, all previously achieved event attendance and training signatures will remain valid.
Rallying Restart Guidance
Rallying as a discipline was given the green light earlier this month, and now Motorsport UK has created a guidance video to help everyone understand the changes we have to undertake. Following our announcement, FIA World Rally Championship powerhouse M-Sport launched a brand new event to be held at Greystoke in Cumbria. This will be held on 22 August and will be the first rally to implement our new guidelines.