Mem­bers’ Meet­ing to clash with BTCC

Autosport (UK) - - NATIONAL NEWS - MATT JAMES AND MATT KEW

The Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing has been moved back in the cal­en­dar for 2019 – but it will now clash with the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship sea­son opener.

The Mem­bers’ Meet­ing has been held in March since it was re­vived in 2014. But next year’s 77th such event will fall across April 6-7. It is hoped that the later date will mean warmer con­di­tions, with this year’s event hav­ing been hit by snow.

But fall­ing on the same week­end as the BTCC’S first round at Brands Hatch means the Meet­ing’s blue-riband Gerry Mar­shall Tro­phy grid will likely be with­out reg­u­lars Andrew Jor­dan, Ja­son Plato, Matt Neal and Sam Tord­off.

Neal told Au­tosport: “I am very dis­ap­pointed about this, be­cause the Mem­bers’ Meet­ing re­ally is a good gig­gle and this is wound­ing.

“They are clearly just think­ing about the fans and about the com­peti­tors. It will be painful to miss out, but it can’t be avoided.”

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