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Competitive motorsport will return to a UK city centre in 2018 with Motofest Coventry set to stage a host of time trialing events on June 2/3.
Granted a licence by the Motor Sports Association (MSA), the two-day event will see a series of time trials - which will be drawn from the various British Automobile Racing Club championships - take place on the unique sprint circuit that will be carved out of Coventry’s ring road.
The event will mark the first time that competitive motorsport has been hosted on a UK city centre circuit since the Birmingham Superprix in 1990, with organisers having worked closely with the MSA, Auto-Cycle Union (ACU) and Coventry City Council.
James Noble, Motofest Coventry Festival Director, said: “Motofest Coventry is very excited and proud to be at the forefront of bringing competitive motorsport back to UK city centre roads.
“We have made no secret of our desire to host competitive motorsport on the Coventry Ring Road and we are now in a position to make this a reality.
“The Motofest Coventry team would like to thank the MSA, Coventry City Council and the BARC for all their support and assistance in enabling us to bring competitive motorsports to Coventry, the UK’s spiritual home of motoring.
“After Coventry’s recent winning of city of culture status, being the first to host competitive motorsport since the legislation changes is another superb achievement for the city.
“We look forward to putting on a great show filled with the thrills and excitement you would expect of the UK’s largest free urban motorsport festival.”
The call for a change in the law to allow local authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act for authorised motorsport events, without requiring individual Acts of Parliament, have been sought after by the MSA since 2010.
Primary legislation, which provided the framework for closed-road motorsport, was passed in the 2015 Deregulation Act and since then, the MSA has worked closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) on the secondary legislation required to make this framework available to event organisers.
Virtue of the decision to be permitted to run competitive motorsport, Motofest Coventry will also have a green light to host sprints, time trials and specialist road rally stages as a future option moving forward.
Away from the time trial event there will also be a wide variety of activities at this year’s adrenaline-filled weekender with pop-up’s, demonstrations and static displays all featuring.
For more information on Motofest Coventry, head to the website.