Revised calendar announced for 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship
With the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown, the Motorsport UK British Rallycross Championship 5 Nations Trophy Presented by Cooper Tires has issued revised dates for the 2020 championship.
Subject to ability to race safely, four rounds will take place across four countries, starting with the English round at Lydden Hill on the original planned date of 30th/31st August, the bank holiday weekend. Round two will also be as planned, the Scottish event taking place at Knockhill on 26th/27th September.
The following round will be a two-day event at Pembrey in Wales on 17th/18th October; the original intention for that weekend was a single day-support classes only meeting but will now feature Supercars. A completely new date on the calendar is the finale which will now take place at Mondello Park, Ireland on 14th/15th November, a weekend which will also feature a round of the Irish Rallycross Championship.
Revised 2020 calendar
RD 1 - August 30th/31st – Lydden, England
RD 2 - September 26th/27th – Knockhill, Scotland
RD 3 – October 17th/18th – Pembrey, Wales
RD 4 – November 14th/15th - Mondello Park, Ireland
The events will be run strictly in accordance with prevailing Motorsport UK and government guidelines in all four countries.
Pat Doran, Managing Director, 5 Nations BRX: “We seem to be on a Covid-19 rollercoaster which is hopefully beginning to stabilise. It has been a very difficult time and situation for many people for a wide variety of issues. What became apparent over the last week or so since lockdown relaxation began in England is that there are a lot of racers out there who want something to look forward to.
“Obviously, we can’t predict what will happen, but we hope that in the twelve weeks leading up to the first event at the end of August we will see further relaxation of the restrictions and that we can safely hold events with fans in attendance. We are working closely with Motorsport UK to ensure that happens, while of course adhering to HM Government’s directive. What this means is that fans and racers have a goal and that, all being well, we are back on track for a great championship.
“Our only regret is that we are unable to include a Valkenswaard round this season. This is partly being realistic about the international difficulties of regulations, but also from a cost point of view for competitors, many of whom have suffered income losses like so many across the world. We can only apologise for the disappointment and promise our fans and teams across the Channel an amazing round in 2021. What we hope to achieve for 2020 is help the nations recover with a bit of rallycross action and excitement. We can’t cure the virus, but we can bring a bit of rallycross action back into people’s lives.”