BARC SW Statement – August and September 2020 Meetings

With a number of other hills and clubs making announcements about running events in July, August and further in the future, BARC South West would like to update you on our progress in respect of the August and September meetings.

We have been analysing the Motorsport UK’s requirements published last month. Our primary concern with regard to these regulations is safety. That’s not just of our competitors but all the people involved in our events.

We are working on the requirements, as well as reviewing how other clubs are implementing these requirements and how they are organising their meetings.

As many of you know, we have a limited paddock area. The current regulations would only allow us to accommodate approximately 70 cars and no spectators. This makes the August and September meetings financially difficult. We are hoping for changes to be made after the next government announcement at the end of June / early July to enable us to run these meetings as planned.

On top of this, we are unable to run meetings after the second week of September because of our lease of the hill.

In order to reduce our costs, we have withdrawn our online entry system for both of the August and September meetings. At this time we would prefer not to accept entries to avoid additional costs.

Once we have solutions to all of these requirements, as they stand today, to run an event we will allow entries to be taken online again.

More updates as soon as we have them.


BARC South West Statement – Our July 2020 Meetings

As most of you will know, on the 20th May, Motorsport UK issued guidance to assist with the restart of motorsport in the UK. The guidance details a raft of recommendations for all elements of running an event. MSUK issued it’s PPE recommendations on 22nd May.

Here’s a link to the MotorsportUK Guidance in full

After considerable discussion and thought, BARC South West have decided to cancel the two July meetings that were due to be held on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2020.

MSUK’s guidance and the current social distancing requirements would lead to entries being restricted to around 70 cars.

The club has a responsibility to all of the stake-holders involved in our meetings. That’s everyone from the drivers, riders, marshals, officals, the wider community, to our suppliers and sponsors, our cleaners and ultimately to BARC SW members.

There are many points in the guidance that could be overcome but not within the time-frame for organising the July meetings.

We will update you when we are able on our August and September meetings.



BARC South West Centre – Annual General Meeting

BARC South West Centre usually has it’s Annual General Meeting in May. Due to the current restrictions, we are postponing the meeting and rescheduling it for sometime in August. The date is yet to be confirmed.

We will confirm the date, location and time once we are able to.

South West centre members should check here, our Facebook page, our Twitter and Instagram feeds for details. We will make any appropriate announcements in those places in due course.



Anthony Record – Gurston Down Press Officer




As many of you will know, Motorsport UK has made a further statement in respect of Motorsport being held in the UK at this time. Part of that statement reads as follows:

“In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK has today extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June.

This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda.

In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.”

Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.

As a consequence of this Gurston Down (BARC SW) have to fall in line with statements made by BARC.

1. April 18th and 19th are POSTPONED.


2. May 23rd and 24th are POSTPONED.


3. June 13th and 14th are POSTPONED.


4. ALL three Driver School Days are CANCELLED – The Drivers School will be in touch with everyone directly.


BARC SW will update you as soon as we have more information.


As many of you may already have read, Motorsport UK have withdrawn all events licences for events scheduled up to 30th April 2020. As a consequence:

  1. Test Day of the 29th March is CANCELLED. Refunds will be processed as soon as we can. There are a large number to deal with so please bear with us.
  2. Saturday and Sunday meetings on the 18th and 19th April 2020 have been POSTPONED. We are working very hard on a solution and will update you as soon as we have any information to give you.
  3. April’s Drivers School is POSTPONED.

Once any decisions have been made, we will provide information here, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Please read the News Release from Motorsport UK – Statement from Motorsport UK