In normal times, early 2021 would have seen Motorsport UK holding the biennial round of seminars for Licenced Officials. But these are not possible in lockdown so instead, there is a week of online seminars. Specialist role specific sessions are scheduled for each weekday evening covering Stewards, Clerks of Course, Scrutineers, Timekeepers and Rescue/Recovery Licence holders but these were complimented by a 3 hour generic seminar at the weekend for all officials. Four sessions were held, morning and afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday and across these, almost 900 people joined.

Attendees heard from Motorsport UK Chief Executive, Hugh Chambers, who covered a range of topics including the Motorsport UK Strategy, the impact of Brexit on our sport, the move to Bicester, motorsport sustainability and Rally GB.

A major topic was COVID-19 and this was covered in detail by John Ryan, Technical Sporting Director, and others. In particular, Dr Paul Trafford, Chair of Medical Committee, shared his thoughts. The pandemic has affected different parts of the UK in different ways. Nicky Moffitt, Chair of Rallies Committee and Neil Fuller, Chair of Clerk’s & Steward’s Advisory Group spoke about Northern Ireland and Wales respectively while I gave a view from Scotland. A video extract of my update is available to view below.

The mood across all of the attendees was one of frustration that the sport we love is on hold but at the same time, understanding the importance of getting a degree of control over the virus spread and, in the meantime, protecting the NHS from being overwhelmed.

Motorsport UK continues to keep fully engaged with all the relevant Governments, including the one in Edinburgh, and SAMSC continues to be involved in that dialogue. For my part, I will continue to keep you as up to date as I can about what to expect.

Pete Weall