From John Newlove:
Just noticed this on Border Motor Clubs web site
Border Motor Club are pleased to announce that, having had to postpone our event due to the latest national lockdown, we have joined forces with BLMCC to present a double header rally at Cadwell Park
The Alan Healy Memorial Rally will now take place on Saturday, April 3rd and will be followed by the Cirrus Research Stages (Originally scheduled for November 2020) on Sunday, April 4th.
Both of these events are subject to Motorsport UK approval and will be run with strict compliance to the COVID-19 guidelines available at the time.
All being well, we look forward to seeing you there in April!
North Humberside Motor Club Ltd regret to announce that for the second year running we have to cancel the NHMC Warcop Stages. The 2021 event was scheduled to run on Easter Sunday, 4th April 2021.
Press comments (and some government statements) appear to suggest that vaccination of the top 4 priority groups will be completed some time in February and that 3 weeks after that there may be some relaxation of the current restrictions (the legislation for the current lockdown in England has an ending date of 31st March 2021). That suggests that the earliest that restrictions may be relaxed will be mid-March. Previous restrictions have generally been extended which does not give us any confidence of the quoted dates being achieved.
The organising team have not been on the Warcop Military Training Area since the event at Easter 2019 – we need to see the ranges to check out our proposed stage routes. We cannot do that whilst the current restrictions are in place. Then after we have designed stages, the subjective route notes provider would need access to the Warcop Military Training Area to prepare subjective route notes and the Safety DVD.
The time-scales just do not work.
The combination of an available date for the ranges and access to our rally HQ means that it is not possible to re-schedule the event to later in 2021.
We remain hopeful that restrictions may be relaxed sufficiently to allow NHMC’s running of the John Overend Memorial Stages Rally on 30th May 2021 and the NHMC Cadwell Stages on 21st November 2021.
Clerk of the Course, NHMC Warcop Stages
MSN Rally Championship posting on Facebook
📢 ATTENTION 📢
In light of the announcement made by the UK Government yesterday and discussion with Motorsport Vision and the relevant organising clubs, we have taken the unfortunate decision to call a temporary halt to 2020-21 calendar. That means that in addition to Round 2 being postponed, Round 3 at Cadwell Park and Round 4 at Oulton Park have also unfortunately been postponed.
We are currently working with Motorsport UK, Motorsport Vision and all organising clubs to explore all avenues to ensure the Championship resumes. We are working through a revised calendar of events to ensure all 8 rounds of the Championship can take place which will announce in due course.
From John Newlove:
Apparently the message below has appeared on Facebook. For some reason they don’t seem to want to tell me directly that the 2021 event has been cancelled.
The Riponian Organising Team, faced with no further clarification about access to the Yorkshire forests in February, coupled with uncertainty of what the future holds for COVID-19 restrictions after the Christmas ‘freedom of movement’ have decided that the only sensible thing to do would be cancel the event in February.
Additionally with there being no prospect of access to the forests between March and the end of July, which would then take us into clashes with events planning to use the same forests, unfortunately the only option was to have no Riponian in 2021. We plan to not waste the work the team has put in so far and aim to go again in February 2021.
From Robert Newlove:
With there being no let up in the corona situation, and the likely hood of our area being in Tier3 after the lockdown, I have decided not to run the December Autotest. The next date scheduled is the New Year Autotest on the 3rd of January. I shall look at this a bit nearer the date.
For anyone who has not seen it elsewhere, here is the statement from Motorsport UK issued on Monday 2nd November:
Dear motorsport colleagues,
Motorsport UK has consulted on the implications for motorsport in England with the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in respect of the plan to enter a four-week national lockdown on Thursday 5th November.
The governing body confirms that following DCMS guidance it must suspend all non-elite motorsport until 2nd December. Selected elite events officially recognised by the DCMS, which include the British Touring Car Championship, will be permitted to continue.
Motorsport activities in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands are subject to prevailing government guidance in those devolved territories. At this time, motorsport as organised sport continues in Scotland, in accordance with Motorsport UK’s comprehensive restart guidance introduced on 4th July. Motorsport is currently suspended in Northern Ireland and Wales, as mandated by the respective devolved governments.
In respect of permits issued for non-elite events in England between 5th November and 2nd December, Motorsport UK confirms that those permits are now withdrawn. Organisers will need to reapply if they plan to hold the event at a later date.
Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government and that of the devolved nations and ensure the motorsport community is updated.
Motorsport UK would like to thank the entire motorsport community for their resilience and hard work throughout the summer months to keep motorsport running and operating safely. During the coming weeks we will be working hard to ensure that as soon as government guidance allows, motorsport can safely resume once again.
From Robert Newlove:
Following the news that the Fergie Fawsitt will close permanently on 4 October, I’m pleased to announce that Committee members from Beverley and North Humberside clubs have successfully secured and approved a new Thursday night meeting venue. We needed someone to test the beer, and although this was a somewhat onerous task, Dennis stepped up to the mark, thanks Dennis someone had to do it!
From the 8 October, the Bay Horse, Cherry Burton, HU17 7RF, SE990 421(ish) will welcome members from both clubs. At present there is no allocated room, so you can only enter if there is a free table. Naturally, whichever Covid-19 restrictions are in place at the time will need to be adhered to when visiting the new venue. Currently, masks need to be worn and there is an excellent table service in place, Please respect these measures to ensure the safety of other members and staff. Also pubs close at 10.0pm (that’s actually closed by 10., not last orders).
These are strange times and we will have to see how it goes
North Humberside Motor Club Ltd has issued the following statement at 20:00 today (24th September 2020):
After considerable soul searching, North Humberside Motor Club Ltd have decided not to continue with the organisation of this year’s NHMC Cadwell Stages Rally which was scheduled for Sunday 22nd November 2020.
We believe that COVID-19 cases are rising. The Prime Minister’s statement on Tuesday leaves us more uncertain as to what the position in late November will be. Whilst expert scientific opinion still differs, it has been suggested that a full UK lockdown may be required; this further increases our uncertainty for the event.
We have already cancelled the NHMC Warcop Stages earlier this year when the lockdown started and we lost a significant amount of money on that event.
A combination of loss of some sponsorship and unavailability of some of our key organisers also has an impact on the organisation of the event.
Most of our organising team are over 60 and several are in high risk groups.
Looking forward to 2021, circumstances permitting, NHMC Ltd plans to run three single venue special stage rallies: the NHMC Warcop Stages on the Warcop Military Training Area in Cumbria on Easter Sunday (4th April), the John Overend Memorial Stages Rally at Melbourne airfield on 30th May, and the NHMC Cadwell Stages Rally at Cadwell Park on 21st November.
Email received this evening:
Following our previous communications, we are writing to you with further clarification on the use of face masks and coverings at Motorsport UK events.
Since the last update on Monday 14 September, we have engaged with our community including stakeholders from all disciplines. We have also received important feedback from a recent Motorsport UK Webinar which saw over 400 senior officials from across the sport discuss the issue and the ongoing evolution of the sport. From the consultation, a further guidance chart has been produced to clarify the usage of masks and coverings in the specific areas within a motorsport event.
We need to once again reiterate that motorsport needs to be in the best possible position to withstand the ever-changing conditions. However, we can only continue while we playing its part in maintaining the safest possible environment, as we have all been doing so far. We must look after our community and most vulnerable and prevent the transmission of the virus and its impact on our sport.
The revised measures are effective from Thursday 17 September and further details will be found in an updated version of our COVID-19 Q&A, available on the COVID-19 section of our website in due course.
READ THE GUIDANCE FOR THE WEARING OF FACIAL COVERINGS
An email from Motorsport UK on 14th September 2020:
I am writing to you following feedback from our members on the changes to the use of face masks and coverings, available here. During the past few days we have received plenty of feedback, most of which strongly endorses the approach taken, and we have also listened to people’s suggestions for further refinement. Continue reading “COVID-19 Face Mask Guidance – email from Motorsport UK”