British Historic Racing cancels season

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BRITISH Historic Racing riders have become the next victims of the coronavirus pandemic as club chiefs revealed the cancellation of their 2020 season this afternoon.

With the first three rounds already out the window, only Pembrey this month and the final two rounds in September at Mallory Park and Cadwell Park remained.

But club bosses have made the call to axe this year’s schedule completely with hesitations that the rest of the season could go ahead as planned and without issue.

The news could leave adjoining clubs, such as the BSSO and Supermono GB, without anywhere to race this year.

A statement from VMCC-BHR Chairman Ian Botham on the club’s forum reads:

The BHR committee held an extra ordinary committee meeting on Sunday 28th June to discuss and finalise plans for the remainder of the 2020 race season while under existing Covid-19 lockdown rules.

The committee have been monitoring the Covid-19 measures along with the regular updates from the ACU on the requirements to safely hold a meeting at this present time. Our two meetings in September were discussed in detail with the logistics of running either meeting safely, with the pros and cons of the Covid19 situation lifting, remaining the same or deteriorating being thoroughly debated.

Options to run both meetings by altering the structure of the meetings were also explored along with feedback from both riders and officials being carefully considered throughout the debate. We are also mindful of the pressure our NHS has been under during these recent months and we felt it unwise to potentially add to that burden, or place our members at potential risk should they require medical attention at one of these facilities.

The committee also discussed the current Covid-19 situation and as a collective group we could not with all honesty predict that the relaxation of restrictions would continue or that a second wave of the virus would not arise in the immediate future.

It therefore gives the committee no pleasure but to announce that BHR has decided to cancel the remaining meetings for the season. The safety of all our riders, officials, marshals and helpers remains the paramount importance and we feel it would be unwise to pursue holding the meetings in September 2020.

We look forward to a better 2021 where we can enjoy both our sport and friendship in the paddock to the full without the threat of Covid 19 hanging over us like the sword of Damocles.

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