New laws came into force on 10 April 2017 that allow motor racing events to take place on closed public roads in England. This lays the foundations for community-run races, European rallies and a Monaco-style Grand Prix in an English city.
The Motor Sports Association and the Auto-Cycle Union, the respective governing bodies for four and two-wheel motor sport in the UK, are now authorised to issue permits for the races, with local authorities having the final say over whether a race can go ahead.
Former F1 world champion Nigel Mansell CBE, says: “I have seen first-hand the very significant impact of motor sport on the economy of the Isle of Man and Jersey, so this is a great move forward for the sport and will bring visitors and pride to parts of the country that wish to stage such events. I am delighted that this government is embracing motorsport, which will assist the UK’s world-leading position and improve the sport’s ability to help provide opportunities and focus for young people.”