COVID 19 update from Motor Sport UK

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COVID 19 update from Motor Sport UK

This from MSUK today, let's hope for some positive news soon....

Motorsport UK, like other sports governing bodies, has been planning how it will be possible to restart our sport in the not too distant future – whilst working within the prevailing government guidelines. As official government communications begin to indicate a gradual release of the lockdown, we need to plan how to best resume our activities as quickly as we can.

Currently motorsport is suspended throughout the UK until 30th June 2020 in order to protect the NHS and save lives. This is in line with practically every sport in the country.

This planning is being undertaken in consultation with a wide selection of stakeholders including the specialist committees of each sport discipline. The organisation is actively modelling how each of the sport’s eleven different competition categories could potentially begin to restart motorsport when it is safe and practical to do so.

Motorsport UK CEO, Hugh Chambers commented, “I thank all of the motorsport community for supporting the need to suspend our activities; we appreciate just how difficult this has been for many individuals and organisations. Our goal is to get the sport running again as fast as practically possible. We are working with the government (DCMS) and have led the development of a detailed plan that can be used by clubs, officials, venues and competitors to manage events safely and successfully.

“We are fortunate that our sport takes place in large outdoor environments, so that with practical measures in place, much of motorsport should be able to resume. We will all need to modify the way we have worked in the past and accept these changes in a collaborative and constructive way. I am sure that the ingenuity and passion of the motorsport community will allow us to navigate the essential requirements to keep everyone safe, but at the same time allow our sport to get going again.”

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Quite a positive note, and good to hear each discipline is being considered individually. We all have different impacts from and attitudes to the lockdown, but I look forward to the start of a limited season.

No issues keeping at least 2m away from competitors. At least I won't have to shake the winners hand this year either Blah 

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I'm looking forward to the PPE check at scrutineering, particularly at Anglesey.

It's true, each motorsport discipline has different issues to deal with, but as long as we stay on track, our is quite straight-forward. I'll happily put up with whatever restrictions are imposed - I just want to get on track, soon.

Paul

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Do you think competitors could be trusted to 'self certify' scrutineering checks on personal safety equipment, thus avoiding handling of equipment? (I know the risk is likely to be low, but one must consider the 'confidence factor' when a stranger has a contact with the inside of my helmet looking for the safety standard sticker).
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The solution to scrutineering could involve face masks, disposable gloves and disinfectant spray, but you are better qualified than most of us to speculate on this Malcolm.

The biggest problem I can see is helping a driver out of his car after an accident, a rare occurrence but it has to be planned for.

Graham Howard - Competition Secretary   Northampton Motorsport Lotus Seven Club Speed Championship 2020    
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Agreed about extraction and recovery, but It was slightly tongue in cheek, as I suspect they'd never trust the competitors!