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No spectators at this weekend’s BTCC round at Donington Park

Wednesday, July 29 2020

We are incredibly disappointed to inform BTCC fans that we will be unable to allow spectators or season pass holders to attend this weekend's (1/2 August) British Touring Car event at Donington Park after all.

MSV has been allowing the safe return of a modest number of spectators to its race events since 11 July, with a comprehensive range of measures in place to comply with government COVID-Secure guidelines. These race meetings have all run extremely successfully, with much positive feedback from visitors.

We have worked closely with North West Leicestershire District Council and Leicestershire County Council on our plans to welcome spectators to the BTCC event this weekend. A multi-agency Safety Advisory Group approved MSV's Covid-Secure policies and confirmed its support for our plans for the opening round of BTCC at Donington Park. This approval was subject only to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) being satisfied that BTCC is not elite sport. Regrettably, following consultation, DCMS has confirmed today that this is not the case.

This decision has nothing to do with MSV's comprehensive Covid-Secure procedures for keeping our customers and staff safe, but requires that an event including a round of BTCC, as the leading car championship in the UK, must follow the government's five stage elite sport pathway with spectators presently unable to attend.

The majority of our race meetings fall outside of this definition and are unaffected. We are clarifying the position for other BTCC events on MSV circuits and will communicate an update soon.

We fully understand and support the need to have clear policies in place for the reintroduction of spectators to sports such as Premier League football and Rugby League that tend to attract huge crowds, mostly in stadiums, and typically rely on public transport. By contrast, circuit venues are by their very nature wide-open spaces, and have ample room to enable social distancing across dozens of spectator viewing areas. We are therefore very disappointed and frustrated by this turn of events, and are so sorry for the inconvenience this decision will cause to the fans we were expecting to welcome this weekend.

Please do not contact us regarding your booking, as we will be in touch in the coming days with everyone affected (including season pass holders).