—- Motorsport UK is gearing up for a return to competition, with the sport resuming this weekend (4 July). Following the announcement earlier this month of the £50,000 complimentary provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to support events through the resumption of the sport, Motorsport UK has been busy working behind the scenes to prepare, pack and distribute supplies to clubs across the British Isles.

That effort was recently bolstered by the support of the community, including British and World Rally Championship competitor Tom Williams and British Rallycross rising-star Patrick O’Donovan who joined Motorsport UK CEO Hugh Chambers in the final packing push.

The PPE supplies will be arriving with clubs imminently, and will include the relevant protection for various events, including face masks (fluid resistant type IIR and FFP3), aprons, nitrile gloves, alcohol wipes, face shields, gowns, coveralls and relevant operational guidance to help protect volunteers at events.

In addition to these items, with the kind support of Baylis and Harding, Motorsport UK will be providing individual pocket hand sanitiser to all officials working at its events over the coming months.

150 parcels will be leaving Motorsport UK headquarters in Colnbrook this week, with the packages going far and wide. – from the Jersey Kart and Motor Club at the most southern point, across to the Ulster Kart Club in Northern Ireland, right up to the West of Scotland Kart Club in the north.

To date a total of 150 permits have been issued for July, with 20 meetings due to be held on the opening weekend.

Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK CEO, said, “We have taken a responsible approach to the resumption of motorsport, with the health and safety of our community being paramount. I would also like to thank Tom Williams and Patrick O’Donovan for helping with the packing of PPE, and the team at Motorsport UK for working tirelessly to help put the sport back on track once again.”

Motorsport will once again commence on Saturday 4 July in the UK, but please note, due to the COVID-19 situation, events will be participation based only and will be run behind closed doors with no spectator access at this time.


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Interviews available upon request:

Hugh Chambers, CEO Motorsport UK
John Ryan, Sport, Safety and Technical Director at Motorsport UK

Photo captions:

Main: Hugh Chambers (left) Patrick O’ Donovan (middle) and Tom Williams (right) aid the packing process
Below row one and two: Motorsport UK CEO Hugh Chambers packing PPE parcels for volunteers around the country
Below row three: Tom Williams and Patrick O’Donovan support the distribution of 150 parcels

Motorsport UK Media Contacts:

Communications Manager
Ben Buesnel
Email: ben.buesnel@motorsportuk.org
Phone: +44 (0) 7752 402408

Director of Marketing and Communications
Tracy Novak
Email: tracy.novak@motorsportuk.org
Phone: +44 (0) 7568 105887

Notes to Editors

Motorsport UK is the national membership organisation and governing body for four-wheel motorsport in the UK, representing competitors, volunteers, clubs and fans.

As a member focused organisation it embraces a diverse community that includes 720 affiliated motor clubs, 45,000 competition licence holders, 10,000 volunteer marshals, 3,500 officials and a legion of passionate motorsport spectators and fans. It issues over 4,500 event permits every year, providing everyone with the opportunity to get close to the action.

Motorsport UK is a not-for-profit organisation (limited by guarantee) that exists to service and grow the sport.

It is a founding member of the world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).

For further information on Motorsport UK visit www.MotorsportUK.org/About-Us