June 13, 2021

Blow for British circuits as fans are barred from races

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In the round-up: MSV, the owners and promoters of racing at five UK circuits, are frustrated by a change in government guidance which requires races to be held behind closed doors.

In brief

Blow for British circuits as fans are barred from races

Jonathan Palmer’s Motorsport Vision company, owner of Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park, expressed their disappointment at the governments decision to forbid spectators from attending races, which other outdoor activities may take place.

“Whilst outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks can reopen, and events such as boot fairs, steam rallies and food festivals can take place with up to 4,000 visitors per day, a specific ban has been applied to spectators at sport events – even at grassroots level – until 17th May,” MSV noted in a statement.

“This means that all events due to take place between 12th April and 17th May will now be run behind closed doors, and only essential personnel may attend.

“MSV is incredibly disappointed by this development. The UK government is now actively encouraging people to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, and circuit venues are by their very nature wide-open spaces like parks, with ample room to enable social distancing across dozens of spectator viewing areas. Nevertheless, we must comply with this new guidance and all affected customers will be contacted by email with options on how to manage their booking – including obtaining refunds.”

The venues had previously been led to believe that attendees would be allowed back during ‘stage two’ of lockdown. Under the current guidelines, all club motorsport must be held behind closed doors. MSV say they will welcome spectators at events after May 22nd, assuming the third stage of lockdown easing proceeds.

The British Grand Prix at Silverstone stands to be unaffected by the development, as it is an elite sporting event and does not take place until July.

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