No 30th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions

Autosport (UK) - - CLUB AUTOSPORT | NATIONAL NEWS - STEPHEN LICK­O­R­ISH

Pem­brey will end its 30th an­niver­sary year with­out hav­ing hosted a sin­gle cir­cuit rac­ing event af­ter the fi­nal meet­ing still on its sched­ule was can­celled last week.

Welsh venues Pem­brey and An­gle­sey have suf­fered far more as a re­sult of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic be­cause the de­volved Welsh gov­ern­ment has taken a more cau­tious ap­proach to hold­ing out­door events, re­strict­ing mo­tor­sport to just a sin­gle trial 750 Mo­tor Club event at An­gle­sey last month.

With coro­n­avirus cases on the rise, and more re­stric­tions be­ing in­tro­duced, Pem­brey has taken the de­ci­sion to can­cel its last re­main­ing event – a Bri­tish Au­to­mo­bile Rac­ing Club Trucks and Leg­ends meet­ing – which was due to be held this week­end, and in­stead is now set to run at Thrux­ton at the end of the month.

“It’s just a shame that the gov­ern­ment didn’t open things up when they could’ve when cases were re­ally low,” said cir­cuit man­ager Phil Davies.

“In my opin­ion, it just goes to show when you’re in a cri­sis, like we are now, you need to be do­ing the same thing [across the UK].

“Fi­nan­cially, it’s tough but, be­cause we have quite a small staff, we run it as a fam­ily busi­ness so we don’t waste any money, we do a lot of work our­selves and don’t use too many con­trac­tors.

“We’re good at keep­ing costs quite tight and hope­fully we can start afresh next year. We’re still do­ing our mid­week pri­vate test­ing with pro­fes­sional teams so that will keep us tick­ing over.”

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