Please find below a statement issued 23 March by UK motor sport’s governing body Motorsport UK which means the opening rounds of the new Clio Cup UK championship have been postponed.
We will issue details of a revised calendar when the situation becomes clearer.
In the meantime, our thoughts are with all our competitors, fans, marshals, officials, media etc for a safe period of isolation to protect against the spread of coronavirus.
Motorsport UK statement:
‘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 23 March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motor sport 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 reinforcing 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 motor sport 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.’