MOTOR RACING fans will be allowed to visit a popular Cheshire motor racing circuit's race meetings this season.

With motor racing events lined up for the second half of the year, after all track action was suspended due to the coronavirus lockdown in March, there had been questions whether spectators would be allowed to attend events at Oulton Park in Little Budworth, Tarporley.

It has now been announced that, from July 11, all of MotorSport Vision's (MSV) circuits in the UK – which includes Oulton Park – will be allowed to admit day visitors, albeit at a reduced capacity.

That means, while motor racing fans cannot go to this year's Formula One British Grand Prix, they will be able to go to Oulton Park's high-profile racing events such as the British Touring Car Championship, British Superbikes and the British GT series.

A number of hygiene and social distancing measures will be implemented for the benefit of staff, competitors and spectators.

A statement from MSV said: "In line with latest government guidance, MotorSport Vision (MSV) is very pleased to announce that day visitors will be able to attend race meetings at its circuits from Saturday, July 11 onwards.

"All five venues (Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Cadwell Park and Snetterton) will initially reopen with reduced capacities, and a range of hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place to ensure that visits are safe and enjoyable.

"In order to comply with guidance from the relevant motorsport authorities, visitors will not be able to access the paddock and pit lane for the time being, and no overnight stays will be permitted until at least the end of July (other than for competitors).

"To guarantee admission you must purchase tickets in advance or be in possession of a valid season or resident's pass.

"This reopening from 11 July specifically relates to race meetings. Until further notice only participants and their essential helpers may attend a test or track day. No-one else, including spectating friends or family members, or media, will be admitted."

Until at least the end of July, visitors can only come for the day – no camping is available for the public.

Safety measures include:

  • Hand sanitiser will be available for visitor use at entrances
  • Staff scanning tickets will be behind a screen or have appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Where grandstands are open, seating plans will be reconfigured to allow for social distancing
  • A takeaway service with a greater emphasis on ‘Grab and Go’ items to reduce queuing times will be introduced at restaurants.

The first event permitted to host spectators at Oulton Park will be the Time Attack event on Saturday, July 11.

The British GT and F3 event will be held on August 1-2, the BTCC on August 22-23, the Oulton Park Gold Cup will be held at its usual August 29-31 slot and the British Superbikes event will be held on September 18-20.