More road races coming to the UK

UK Prime Minister David Cameron introduces new rules making road based rallies, races and hill climbs easier to run

More road races coming to the UK

UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the introduction of new legislation has given local authorities power to host street motorsport events. During the official opening ceremony of a new Williams F1 factory in Oxfordshire, Cameron confirmed that the new law could see motorsport events staged on public roads, potentially improving the prospects of a London Grand Prix to be hosted in the future.

Cameron said – ‘we’re going to change the rules so that local councils can make the decision, so we don’t have to have a private members’ bill through parliament which we think will be great news for motorsport. More races, more events, more money coming into our country and more success for this extraordinary industry.’

Whilst the UK already hosts around 9000 events per year in purpose-built venues, the government's new ruling will mean events like rally stages, hillclimbs and speed trials will all be far easier to organise outside of these locations.

Cameron went on to say 'today’s announcement could generate an extra £40 million over five years for local communities hosting motor sport events. The motorsports industry estimates that there could be demand to hold up to 20 significant motor sport events on roads around Britain each year.'

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that motorsport in particular is of high importance to the UK. ‘Motor sport has a huge following in the UK. These changes will provide more opportunities for fans to enjoy the sport locally and give a financial boost to local economies through the added benefits of tourism, shopping and spending.'

Whether one of those events could be a London Grand Prix is still very much a topic of discussion, but the new ruling would certainly give Mayor Boris Johnson much more scope to put plans forward. Just last year British Grand Prix sponsor Santander proposed the idea with a computer simulation of what a London Grand Prix track layout could look like, but no doubt the financial and logistical costs to heavily disrupt one of the world's busiest city centres for a week would be monumental.

Recommended

Porsche 911 Safari mule spied – latest sighting reveals new rear wing
Porsche 911 Safari
Porsche 911 coupe

Porsche 911 Safari mule spied – latest sighting reveals new rear wing

Tall ride height and wheelarch extensions suggest a surprise 911 derivative is in the pipeline, and we've spotted it testing
25 Jan 2022
Porsche 911 Carrera (996): review, history and specs
Porsche 911 Carrera (996) icon
Porsche 911 coupe

Porsche 911 Carrera (996): review, history and specs

Performance cars have come a long way since the 996 Carrera became our first eCoty winner, but are the qualities that made it stand out in 1998 still …
6 Feb 2021

Most Popular

Porsche LMDh development at full pace
Porsche LMDh racer – rear quarter
Porsche

Porsche LMDh development at full pace

Porsche’s Le Mans racer to return to WEC in 2023
27 Jan 2022
BAC and Viritech team up in development of hydrogen sports car powertrains
BAC and Viritech – 5
Sports cars

BAC and Viritech team up in development of hydrogen sports car powertrains

Specialist hydrogen powertrain company to partner with BAC to create carbon-neutral sports car powertrains
26 Jan 2022
New Morgan 3 Wheeler set for Feb 24 reveal
Morgan 3 wheeler
Morgan 3 Wheeler

New Morgan 3 Wheeler set for Feb 24 reveal

Morgan has announced a release date for its new Ford-powered 3 Wheeler, alongside a fresh teaser image
26 Jan 2022