Government COVID ruling mean no spectators at Donington Park for BTCC

No fans allowed for BTCC at Donington Park

The opening rounds of the 2020 British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) will now take place behind closed doors.

Government officials have judged that the event is subject to the same COVID-19 rules as football and rugby.

It means no spectators will be allowed access to Donington Park at all this weekend.

That includes those who had pre-booked tickets in accordance with ‘COVID-Secure’ social distancing rules. 

Circuit owners MotorSport Vision made the shock announcement, following a Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) decision.

DCMS have ruled that the BTCC qualifies as an ‘elite sport’. This means it falls under the same regulations as that for Premier League football and Rugby League. 

The decision means BTCC events will be treated the same as these competitions. They must meet a five-stage pathway to allow spectators to attend. 

Donington Park had worked closely with North West Leicestershire District Council and Leicestershire County Council on developing plans to safely allow spectators to attend the BTCC event this weekend. 

The circuit has also hosted smaller motorsport events at the track since 11th July 2020.

No fans allowed for BTCC at Donington Park

MotorSport Vision is also responsible for hosting BTCC races at Oulton Park, Brands Hatch, and Snetterton. It is now attempting to rapidly clarify the position for those venues. 

A last-minute decision is likely to leave BTCC fans upset, with MotorSport Vision also commenting they are ‘very disappointed and frustrated’ by the outcome. 

The company has asked that those who booked tickets do not attempt to contact the circuit. Instead, MotorSport Vision states that it will be in touch with all who had arranged to spectate.

Were you due to visit Donington this weekend for the BTCC? What do you think of this sudden change? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Ian Rayner
    Ian Rayner says:

    Absolutely gutted by this news and think the DCMS are a disgrace in the way they are dealing with this. How on earth can the BTCC, which by very nature is held in wide open venues and with very little need for public transport to attend the event be grouped in the same category as “elite” sports such as football, rugby etc which are held in closed stadiums. I had tickets booked for the original Donington date of 29th March but fully understood the need for that particular postponement. However, for the government to do what appears to be a U-turn so close to the revised date and now no longer allow spectators to the opening round stinks of red tape and incompetency on behalf of the DCMS. I also have tickets booked for the Oulton Park round later this month which I fear might fall victim to this ridiculous bureaucracy. I by no means blame MSV, as I know they have been following all the correct procedures and were well prepared to go ahead with reduced spectator capacities. This is all down to the clueless idiots in the DCMS.

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  2. Steve herb
    Steve herb says:

    Devastated. Today I bought 4 tickets for Thruxton round in September, now it may not be on. So that’s £120 worth of BTCC tickets, on top of £250 of Silverstone Classic tickets (should have been there today) I’ve got for events I may not get to. Bugger is an understatement

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