The announcement that rally fans and competitors everywhere had been waiting for has finally hit the press, Motorsport UK, the UK’s governing body, has given the go ahead for rallying to resume, a week after other motorsport began activities again on the 4th of July.
It may have taken a little bit longer to receive the go-ahead over other disciplines, but 115 days since the Covid enforced sabbatical, those competitors that have been itching to get back to the maps can now do so, with some caveats of course which we all embrace. As it stands Single and multi-venue, closed road, navigational and road rallies can now begin to resume under the latest guidance, which will include the use of PPE and the appointment of a Covid Officer for each event. Any local legislation will also be applicable to the approval of event permits, so whilst there will be changes to the way in which we go rallying, we can at least look forward to getting back on track, permits allowing.
Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK CEO, said, “We were delighted with how our first weekend of motorsport went following the suspension of all permits. Upon visiting the various events it was clear members of our community were incredibly enthusiastic. Rallying had to follow at a later date, as we worked upon the relevant information and followed the latest government guidelines. Following the updates from the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), this has enabled us to work on similar procedures to accommodate both driver and co-driver in a vehicle. We have also put together information for event organisers, giving them time to implement appropriate measures and Motorsport UK is here to help support or clubs restart this popular discipline.”
What exactly the new guidelines will mean for HERO-ERA events going forward will now be digested and put into practice by HERO’s experienced competition team, ensuring that future events are conducted with the very highest standards of safety for all involved. Further event specific communications will follow in due course, but the organisation is looking forward to welcoming all our competitors back to rallying in the very near future.
Tomas de Vargas Machuca, Chairman, HERO-ERA Events
“We very much welcome today’s announcement and will ensure that we as a leading organisation, will take all the necessary precautions to protect our participants, our staff and the communities we mix with. Aside of HERO -ERA, the return of rallying is important for the many local businesses and specialists whose livelihood depend on this sport and the wider classic car industry”
View and Download the Official Motorsport UK Latest Guidance for the Discipline of Rallying Here