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

STATEMENT FROM BARC SW and Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

BARC SW and Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb are in the process of looking at our event calendar and making contingency plans, where appropriate, around the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

At present we have no plans to make changes. Additional information will be made available when any changes take place – Please look out for these.

Any further statements, should these be required will be available here on our website, Facebook, Twitter and Instragram.

For those who have missed Motorsport UK’s statement issued today here is the link.…/…

Help Required – Saturday 7th March – Set-up Day

Saturday 7th March 2020 is Gurston Down’s Set-up Day – we get going at 08:30 (usually finished by lunch)

We make the hill ready for the season this Saturday, so if you have a couple of hours spare to lend us a hand and help set-up the hill, we would be grateful.

There are lots a jobs, you don’t need a particular skill, just a willingness to help.

See you Satuday!



We have today published the following on in the Competitor Information pages: Competitor Information

The Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship Regulations

The Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge Regulations

Target Times for the 2020 Season

Paper Entry Forms for all Events – These are included in the Event Regulations, SRs for 2020 And Entry Forms

Online Entries will go live on the 21st February so there is no need to use the paper entry system. These paper entries are available for those who have difficultly accessing the Online Entry System or wish to pay by cheque.


Test Day 2020 – Sunday 29 March 2019 ENTRIES OPEN

Applications for Test Day entries will open on 1st January 2019 and will close on February 28th.

Applications by e-mail only. Please e-mail Nick Revels at to be added to the list. Indicate if there is a double driver please.

The number of drivers will be limited to 60. Cars will run in three batches of 20, in rotation. Double drivers will run in different batches. We expect more runs will be possible.

The price will be held at £105. Cars driven by two drivers will pay £165.

If we receive more than 60 driver applications, a ballot will be held. Nick will inform you in the first week of March if you have been successful, and will send out entry forms and regulations.