Motor racing suspended at least till 30 April

Motorsport UK COVID-19 Update
Tue, 17 Mar 2020 14:16:00 +0000

It is with regret that Motorsport UK is suspending all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April 2020. This suspension follows the latest guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This position will be constantly reviewed given prevailing information.

As the National Governing Body, we would ask all Motorsport UK members to act responsibly and follow the Government’s guidance during this difficult time.

We thank all of our members, organisers, officials, volunteers, staff and their families for their support during these unprecedented times. We will continue to monitor the situation and will resume sporting activity as soon as we are able. We also have a responsibility and duty of care to our staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have.

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explained, “Clearly we live in challenging times and exceptional measures are required. The decision to suspend Motorsport UK permits on a temporary basis is not one that was taken lightly as the industry employs many thousands of people. However we have an over-riding responsibility to our members and the friends and families of our community. Furthermore, our social responsibilities extend to the broader population and the potential drain on valuable public health resources on which we are all reliant.

“The situation is very fluid and we will continue to monitor developments over the coming weeks and hope that we can resume the annual motorsport calendar at the opportune moment. In the immediate short term our efforts need to be focused on ensuring that the industry that backs up the sport has the financial support that it requires from the Government in order that it can be sustained beyond this extraordinary scenario.”


Regs: equipment needed

More than one driver has recently asked about equipment needed on their race car to be eligible under the Motorsport UK regs. Here are some excerpts form the regs to help you…

Brake light. Rear facing red light(s) each of 750 sq mm minimum surface area equipped with a 21W bulb or of equal luminosity directly operated without delay by application of the vehicle brakes.
In addition to complying with Section J and the appropriate Formula Regulations where applicable, all vehicles competing in Races must…
19.11.3. With the exception of Racing Cars, Clubmans Cars, 750 Formula, Legends Cars and Period A to E, all vehicles must be equipped with a pair of brake lights equally disposed about the vehicle centre line, on the same horizontal plane with aminimum of 300mm between them and which are directly operated by the braking system without any time delay.

5.14.3. With the exception of racing cars be equipped with battery, generator, self-starter, side, tail, and brake lights. All this equipment to be in normal working order. Exceptionally when taking part in an event held totally off the public highway, need not comply with DfT Statutory Requirements regarding lighting or horn.

19.15.1. Be fitted with at least one mirror of minimum surface area securely mounted and positioned to give a clear view to the rear. The edges of mirrors must be protectedby a suitable cover to reduce the possibility of injury in the event of an accident.

19.15.3. If a closed car or an open car required to run as ‘road going’ with a windscreen, have an operative windscreen wiper

“Racing Car” means Single-Seater Racing Car or Sports Racing Car. All definitions are in “(B) Nomenclature and Definitions” starting on page 52 of the MUK Blue Book. Link below.

Various types of car covered by the MUK regs include: Single Seater Racing Car, Sports Car, Sports Racing Cars, Specialist Production Car, Saloon Car same as Touring Car, Grand Touring Car (GT), Kit Cars, Production Kit Car, Series Production Car, Specialist Production Car.

Paragraph 5 of the MUK blue book is very useful.

You should also consult our series regs to see if there is anything you have forgotten