Early May update from SAMSC Chairman

A message from our Association chair, Pete Weall:

Hello again everyone

Another update from me just to keep you informed as far as I can about what I know and to try to keep your spirits high as we enjoy this May Bank Holiday Monday – on a Friday! We are all no doubt eagerly waiting for whatever the Prime Minister is going to tell us on Sunday evening but, despite the best efforts of some parts of the media to suggest it will be a ‘free for all’, my realistic expectation is that here will be almost no change to the current lockdown arrangements until the end of May.

It’s now eight weeks since my last motorsport fix at Ardeer as a marshal for the Scottish Sporting Car Club Autotest/AutoSOLO and its another eight weeks till the first weekend in July which is the earliest we can expect a resumption with Motorsport UK having suspended permits till the end of June. I should have been at another SSCC event this weekend as Motorsport UK Steward for their Sprint at Kames on Saturday and again on Sunday for the Machars Car Club Sprint.

What is happening with SAMSC clubs?

It’s not quite true that I have not been involved in anything. I have just sent off my answers to the Rally72 tabletop event run by Stewart Merry. I know there have been a couple of these run by David Law already which I missed out on but it was good to get the old romer and soft pencil out again. Entries are open for the next one run by Ewan Leeming. You will find details of these and any future events like this on the Scottish Navigational & Road Rallying Facebook page.

Also on Facebook you will find Scottish Motor Racing Club who have been running a spring series of esport races. The final for this was a couple of weeks ago but I know the club are hoping to run more in future so watch out for this. On their Facebook page, in the absence of live action, the Scottish Rally Championship have been getting nostalgic with lots of coverage from past years.

Finally, lockdown does not mean anyone needs to miss out on keeping up to date with the marshal training requirements. Indeed, I would suggest that with no events running, this is a great time to keep up to date. Visit the SAMSC website to find the latest dates for live online marshal training. It is an opportunity for people who would not normally get to marshal training to see what is involved and I would especially like to encourage competitors to join in to learn more about this important area of our sport.

Let me know what your club is up to?

What is happening at Motorsport UK?

The simple answer is, quite a lot. While a number of staff are furloughed, others are working hard. In addition to dealing with the immediate issues surrounding the pandemic, they are taking time to look forward. One very current initiative is under a heading of “Motorsport UK is Listening”. A programme of Sport Development Consultation is live (but only until the end of this weekend). Every competition licence holder, licenced official and registered marshal should have received an invitation to complete a survey. Also, a comprehensive survey was sent to each registered club (to the email address of the club secretary as advised to MSUK by the club) which closed earlier this week. I don’t yet have any details but I understand that good number of responses were received. I hope that this includes lots of SAMSC clubs.

Also very important is to read what they have to say about Getting motorsport back on track. Some of you will also know that I have written out to some SAMSC clubs, Scottish based championships and SAMSC discipline co-ordinators to ask for their thoughts and ideas for what changes we might need to make to events if (and only if) motorsport is allowed to resume. Thank you for this feedback which is being used to inform Motorsport UK on the practicalities of getting going again.

I would encourage you to keep up to date by visiting their website, facebook or twitter pages. A key portal is the COVID-19 information updates page where you can link to details of the Club Continuity Funding Package and the COVID-19 Q&A.

I hope you find these updates from me useful but if you have any ideas or suggestions for what your Association can be doing then please let me know. Finally, remember to all stay safe and keep in touch with people close to you and also those not so close.


Pete Weall


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