Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Updated 10/4/2020

By Chairman • March 15th, 2020

We had been planning for Liverpool Motor Club’s events to go ahead as normal this year unless we were instructed otherwise.

However, things have changed completely and all British Motorsport is now cancelled until at least the end of June and permits for all events prior to 30th June have been withdrawn (See MSUK announcement below).

Therefore, we regret to advise that the April and June Aintree Sprints are cancelled, as is the May Aintree Track Day and the June Barbon Hillclimb.

We have now made the tough decision to also cancel the July Barbon Hillclimb that was due to take place just 4 days after the end of the current suspension of motorsport. It became clear that we are likely to have serious difficulties securing sufficient volunteers to run the event, particularly adequate medical cover as several of our medics are NHS personnel who cover motorsport on their days off. It’s extremely disappointing to have to cancel any event, but we feel it is the responsible thing to do at this most uncertain of times.

It looks as though the current situation is likely to continue well beyond June, so we will not be able to offer replacement dates for the lost events. There is, of course, an opportunity to take part in our Aintree Track Day in August, and our Sprint in September, if we are allowed to run them.

We have refunded all entry fees for the affected events, and thank those competitors who asked us to hold on to their donations to North West Air Ambulance. We will pass those on in full at the end of the season.
The Air Ambulance service in England receives no Government subsidy and is as busy as ever during the Covid crisis. They need all the help they can get, so please consider making an extra donation to NWAA via their website: www.nwaa.net

We will review the effect of event cancellations on the LMC Speed Championship and will make a further announcement in due course.

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the instructions of  MSUK and the relevant authorities. We hope we will be able to run events later in the season, but this is by no means certain.

We managed to keep our sprints going through the Foot & Mouth epidemic in 2001, but this time we have an unprecedented situation affecting humans, the effect of which is completely out of our hands. We hope that you will support our events once motorsport resumes, whenever that might be.

In the meantime, stay safe, heed the Government’s warnings and look after yourselves and those around you.

John Harden, LMC Chairman

10/4/2020

Motorsport UK COVID-19 Update

Tuesday 24 March 2020

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 latest UK government advice

The most recent NHS guidance

Advice for self-isolation

Government economic measures in tackling the economic impact of Coronavirus

 

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