The UK government announced recently that the country will come out of lockdown by June and as a result, it will see more events taking place. One industry that has been hit hard by the COVID-19 global pandemic is UK Motorsport.
World motorsport such as the FIA World Rally Championship, Formula One, IndyCar and Formula E managed to go racing last year, club and national circuits were forced to close last year.
Autosport International Connect which takes place this week will focus on this topic and speaking about the situation, Ben Taylor is the CEO of the British Automobile Racing Club commented saying:
The venues have taken the hit because they have had very little outside support and customers have had track bookings and deposits back. Even when there’s no track action, we have still got the maintenance and the overheads of operating vast venues. We are hoping for a strong bounceback to get motorsport and our venues back on track post-lockdown
Managing Director, prolific racer and driver coach Calum Lockie is upbeat about the immediate future:
“Following the recent announcement from the Prime Minister on lockdown easing, I feel there is a great upsurge in interest and excitement as track day goers and racers can now see light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. Inevitably there is a pent-up demand as many people have missed track time in whatever form, and bookings for track days are coming in apace. It will take a little time to build up but I have great optimism, not only for track days but motorsport in general.
Peter Daly, Chairman of the British Racing and Sports Car Club commented saying:
“We have put a lot of effort into designing a well-spaced calendar that allows members to spread their costs. Many of Motorsport UK’s new procedures, designed to prevent clusters of people gathering in the paddock, will actually bring customer service benefits in the future. Online signing-on and self-declaration for scrutineering were forced on us by the pandemic but have proved very popular with our members.”