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The opening round of the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship is scheduled to run at Lydden Hill, near Canterbury on the August bank holiday weekend

Lydden Hill racetrack is set to host the opening round of the 5 Nations British Rallycross Championship at the end of August.

Subject to ability to race safely, the English round at Lydden will take place on the original planned date of August 30/31 and organisers and hopeful they may be able to race infront of fans.

Rallycross action at Lydden Picture: Amy Doran
Rallycross action at Lydden Picture: Amy Doran

Currently any motorsport in the UK is suspended until the end of June but the governing body hope to begin behind closed doors events in July.

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, said: “We have explained our plans to government and are fortunate that motorsport takes place outdoors over large controlled spaces.

“Our plan is that, subject to government advice and ongoing lifting of restrictions, motorsport will resume from July 4.”

The events will be run strictly in accordance with prevailing Motorsport UK and government guidelines in all four countries.

Pat Doran, managing director of the 5 Nations championship said: "We seem to be on a Covid-19 rollercoaster which is hopefully beginning to stabilise.

“It has been a very difficult time and situation for many people for a wide variety of issues. What became apparent over the last week or so since lockdown relaxation began in England is that there are a lot of racers out there who want something to look forward to.

“Obviously, we can’t predict what will happen, but we hope that in the twelve weeks leading up to the first event at the end of August we will see further relaxation of the restrictions and that we can safely hold events with fans in attendance.

“We are working closely with Motorsport UK to ensure that happens, while of course adhering to HM Government’s directive. What this means is that fans and racers have a goal and that, all being well, we are back on track for a great championship.”

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