I have just seen the 10 races that Channel 4 will be broadcasting live during the 2016 F1 season.
Talk about the boring and the bland. There is no Monaco and no Canada, which means there is no live F1 on non-subscription TV in May.
On four occasions there is a one-month gap between F1 races live on Channel 4. Rupert Murdoch must be laughing all the way to another one million subscribers. Garry Simpson New Milton
I agree with Matt James’ excellent comments about noise abatement orders, sadly now affecting Lydden Hill and many other circuits before it.
My local circuit is Castle Combe, which has had similar issues in the past, thus restricting the level of competition we had enjoyed there years ago, although the circuit still delivers excellent entertainment and a busy race programme throughout the season, so hopefully Lydden Hill will not lose heart and hang in there.
I signed an online petition that was circulating last year to try and stop this nonsense of noise orders around racing circuits. And as you will all probably know this went nowhere but we can’t let the serial complainers win or we will be left with no circuits at all before much longer. Perhaps the councils would like to see these circuits turned into 1600-home housing estates, that would be better for the environment wouldn’t it?
Being based in Gloucestershire, we have a couple of reasonably large sporting stadiums, namely Forest Green Rovers (football) and Kingsholm (Gloucester Rugby), all great for the economy of course. I have friends that live next to Forest Green and their lives are made a misery at match day weekends, inconsiderate parking, noise, litter anti-social behaviour to name but a few, to such an extent they now go out on Saturdays and will not return till late when the fixture is over. But they knew this when they bought their house so they put up with it, they don’t complain to the council every five minutes.
I work in Gloucester and can hear the roar of 15,000 fans cheering on their rugby teams, I don’t have a problem with that, notwithstanding that football and rugby takes place most weekends but I don’t see councils issuing noise/nuisance orders on them.
It’s time our motorsports and media stood up to this before the lunatics really do take over the asylum. Rob Attwood Via email