Although Formula 1, the World Rally Championship, and the British Touring Car Championship take the sport’s limelight, they account for only 40 of the 30,000 competition licence holders in the UK. Competitive motorsport alomost takes place every weekend of the year.
In fact, the 2019 season of motorsport has been a mixed affair with external pressures heavily weighing on the sport and the ability of the participants to commit their time and money to it remaining a key factor. The groundswell of opinion against noise, safety, fossil fuels, litigation concerns, a shortage of volunteer officials, and even Brexit uncertainty have somehow impacted the sport.
However, motorsport continues to deliver excitement and enjoyment to thousands of people. The year 2019 has provided several delighting success stories right across the sport.
In racing, proper low-cost competition has thrived. The new Citroën C1 Challenge at Silverstone broke all records with a total of 100 cars and 500 drivers for a 24-hour marathon. Dozens of novices appeared in the near-standard cars with an awful lot of damaged cars after 24 hours. Unluckily, a second round-the-clock marathon that was planned for Anglesey in September had to be binned because of a dire shortage of marshals.
Meanwhile, the Classic Sports Car Club get a strong pace with its winning formula of longer races to cover just about any car. The CSCC was flying when the traditional racing clubs such as the British Racing and Sports Car Club or the British Automobile Racing Club were feeling the pinch.
Away from racing, national-level forest rallying also had an average year when the cost of competing reached at an alarming rate. The recent Roger Albert Clark Rally pointed out that many crews are now searching for a longer-distance adventure than the traditional 45-stage-mile events in one day.
The real rallying expansion was in the growing number of special stages that ran on closed public roads. There are six events that have been run since the relevant mainland laws of the UK were changed and competitors have queued up in order to tackle special stage rallying in the lanes.
The motorsport events had another strong season in both hillclimbs and sprints. The big venues such as Prescott and Shelsley Walsh frequently draw overflowing entries and a lot of them come from newcomers. Competitive timed motorsport doesn’t come any accessible or cheaper than this.