Attention paddock: Short circuit enthusiasts flock as trackdays to recommence in England

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Motorcycle trackdays are set to restart at major English circuits next week, following a temporary halt in proceedings due to Coronavirus.

Meetings are scheduled to take place at Cadwell Park and Donington Park on Tuesday, May 26 through No Limits, following their reopening alongside Brands Hatch, Snetterton, Oulton Park and Bedford Autodrome. All were previously closed as of 6pm on Monday, March 23, due to the virus.

All owned by MotorSport Vision (MSV), their own events (MSVT) are also set to begin on Monday, June 1, with bike trackdays at Donington GP and Snetterton 300, as well as a car events at Cadwell Park. 

Alongside MSV tracks, June dates are also being advertised at venues including Mallory Park, Lydden Hill and Croft. Other venues, such as Blyton Park, are being advertised elsewhere, with one date at Donington Park also available through Focussed Events on Friday, June 26.

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"We did five weeks' worth of bookings in two-and-a-half days. It was difficult to cope," No Limits owner, Mark Neate told MCN. "The main thing that we need people to obey is the rules on the day.

"If they don't obey the rules of the day and fall foul, then we just have to stop running and probably won't get running again," he continued. "We can have the same capacity - as far as on track. We certainly can't have the same capacity of persons in the actual venue."

The decision to restart trackdays appears to be largely supported by MCN readers, with 65% of respondents in a recent online poll saying they were now looking to get back out on circuit. 

To comply with government guidance, both MSV and No Limits have already issued additional instructions on how to maintain social distancing and minimise risk. No Limits also say they have also added extra staff to monitor the paddock. Those flouting the rules risk being asked to leave.

Alongside monitoring spacing, there will be limited circuit access, no overnight camping, briefings sent via video link at MSV circuits and more. Those knowingly booked into the wrong group with No Limits will also be asked to leave. Non-MSV tracks will provide a written briefing.

Since speaking to MCN, No Limits have added a further nine dates across June. Should events be cancelled due to Coronavirus, all customers will receive a credit note.

"We've said that you can't have three or four of you stood together, we've said you can't all mass to the briefing, so at the end of the day obey these rules and we'll be able to keep going. Don't obey these rules and we won't," Neate continued. MSV were unavailable for comment at the time of writing.

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade