As of July 4th, Motorsport UK wants to race again: "Should support the economy"

27-05-2020 12:05
by Editorial Team
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As of July 4th, Motorsport UK wants to race again: Should support the economy

The United Kingdom is lagging slightly behind in the control of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but here too the measures are slowly being relaxed. Reason for the motorsport federation Motorsport UK to make plans so that people can race again quickly.

The importance of racing again is probably greater in Great Britain than anywhere else in the world. Nowhere else in such a small area is so much racing done and so relatively many people are financially dependent on the sport.

David Richards, founder of Prodrive and former team boss of BAR, is currently chairman of the Motorsport Association and, according to Crash.net, explains why it is important that the championships start again quickly.

"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"

Domestic championships only

"Our plan is that, subject to government advice and ongoing lifting of restrictions, motorsport will resume from the 4th of 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.”

So Richards is only talking about national championships like the BTCC. It does mean that even a British Grand Prix could take place if the teams didn't come from abroad.

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