CHIEFS at the ACU have announced a complete cancellation of all sanctioned activity until after the national lockdown ends next month.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement this weekend that the country would be entering a lockdown from November 5 to December 2, almost all leisure activities have been called off.
Along with the closure of pubs, restaurants, gyms, hospitality venues, non-essential shops and more, Boris Johnson insisted that people stay at home except for education, work (if it can’t be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others.
In addition to the cancellation of all trackdays for the next four weeks from Thursday, the racing world has also been forced to follow suit.
“We live in an ever-changing situation and it is important that we all keep up to date with Government guidance and advice,” said ACU Chairman Roy Humphrey.
“The latest announcement made by the Prime Minister was expected, so we need to adhere to what has been said. I want to thank all our Organisers for their efforts, their flexibility and their adherence to UK Government and Covid advice issued by their Local Administrations.”
With the season nearly over for almost all disciplines, the news is expected to force the final round of British Supermoto, originally set to run at Rowrah on November 14-15, off the calendar.
After clarifying the government advice, an MSV spokesperson said: “All non-elite motorsport has been suspended until 2 December and those event permits have been withdrawn by Motorsport UK [car racing’s governing body].”
The British Truck Racing and British Touring Car Championships are both exempt and are still poised to go ahead with their final rounds of 2020, behind closed doors without spectators, at Brands Hatch on 7-8 and 14-15 November respectively.