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Whilst the news that Motorsport UK is looking to restart motorsport in the UK from 1st July is fantastic news, SROC does not feel that the restrictions will have been lifted enough to allow our 2-Day CCV Team Trial to run. Events may start in July, but these will be with restrictions; neither passengers nor spectators will be allowed, no vehicle sharing and events laid out to avoid risk to name but a few. With the 2-Day being one of the premier events on the ALRC calendar, we do not feel what is a team event can run and do it’s challenging nature justice. Added to this it is unlikely overnight stays will be allowed by then and there is also the morality of encouraging people to travel around the country whilst we are all still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.
We have therefore decided to postpone this year’s event until next year, 7th & 8th August 2021 when we will return to Knowle Farm for two days of great trialling. Please keep an eye on our website in the new year for the SR’s and entry, or email the Event Director at email@example.com and ask to be sent a copy when they are published.
Although this will be disappointing to those of you that have tried the event and know how good it is, we hope you will agree that it is the responsible decision.
Our team has now been deployed with help being given to transport logistics.
Motorsport UK Extends Suspension of Motorsport Permits to 30th June
In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June.
This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.
In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.
Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained, “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives. Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport. When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.”
Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.
The Recce and RTV for Essex Club members at Bilsington on 11th/12th April, have been cancelled, due to the suspension of all permits by Motorsport UK in light of Covid 19
Please be aware that the ALRC National Rally has also been cancelled until 2021 and will be held at Bilsington. I personally have still agreed to set and run the RTV. I will discuss this with committee and members when events resume.
Update 19th March 2020: All Laning Trips, Trials, Charity Event attendance, Pub Meets and Shows are currently cancelled or postponed due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
Dates for events, together with the relevant booking forms, will be re-added once the situation has stabilised and Social Activities are restarted. Thank you for your understanding.
I would like to take this opportunity to update you on the club’s position regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the UK.
Having looked at the current situation and consulted the available guidance, including that from Motorsport UK, we have decided to cancel the Pub Meet due to be held on Tuesday 17th March. We are uncertain about the availability of The Hare and do not wish to encourage meetings in confined spaces where members of the general public are also close by.
The committee will continue to meet as usual but not in face to face meetings but by teleconference. We have also created a group to monitor and advise on the effects of the Corona Virus outbreak.
We have also decided to continue with the programmed Trials event this weekend (Sunday 15th March) after due consideration of the advice given by Motorsport UK. Trials are conducted outside with limited numbers of entrants and officials, therefore it should always be possible to to have sufficient space to avoid the transmission of the disease. We do, however, request all participants to adhere to the government’s advice regarding washing hands and preventing the spread of Covid-19 via coughing, etc. In addition any member who is planning to attend or compete who feels unwell is requested to stay away and self isolate as per the governments advice.
At this time we are also planning to run the Laning trip planned for Sunday 29th March. There is no need for close contact at laning events and the spread of Coronavirus can be easily avoided. However, we would still request that anyone who feels unwell does not join our laning trip and follows the advice given.
We may be called upon to give support through Essex 4×4 Response and should that happen members of that section will be advised accordingly.
Finally, we are not yet at the time of year for Shows or Event Support and participation in these events will be assessed when the time comes having regard to the spread and severity of the pandemic.
Please see our website or social media for further updates. If any member has any concerns or question they wish to raise with me please do not hesitate to get in touch.
29th March CCV/RTV/TYRO – Whaddon CVLRC/ALRC/AROC Joint Promo
This event has been cancelled due to suspension of all motor sport permits by Motorsport UK
Cornwall and Devon LRC are organising an new inter-club called Hittisleigh Big Weekender. This will comprise of CCV and RTV on the Saturday and a Comp on the Sunday and is to be held on the 15th and 16th of August at East Church Farm, Hittisleigh, Devon EX6 6LF.
Entry form and ASR’s will follow at a later date.