The summer has proved a bit frustrating, however some real progress has been made over the past couple of weeks. Following a meeting on 27th November with island Roads and The Isle of Wight Council we are now planning to put forward a track licence application to the MSA.
Although our first plans involved running the event as early as October 2018 (last month) we are now looking at November 2019. Unless we encounter a fundamental problem with our application there is no reason for this not to go ahead.
MSA Licence application
This will involve a preliminary submission to gain the MSA’s agreement to in a full application in principle.
The recommendation, based upon the initial site visit, is to run the event as a point-to-point only in one direction rather than attempting to turn the cars in the Zoo area (ie so the start and finish would be in the same place). The course being proposed starts near to the Bandstand and ends near to the Zoo with the precise location being subject to approval by the MSA in due course.
The revetment was agreed to provide some very good (and safe) spectating areas. There was also consideration of other areas around the course which could provide good facilities and perhaps be suitable for some temporary grandstands. The event is still being proposed as being free of charge.
More progress can be made regarding spectating facilities once the final course layout has been approved as part of the venue licence. This will also affect how spectators can move around the area when the track is ‘live’.
It was interesting to learn that racing electric vehicles are still very specialist. It cannot be undertaken without special marshal training and equipment that is designed to cope with the very specific issues experience with electric vehicle power packs. However, there is still scope to look at demonstrations and other types of display.
Formal application to the MSA (Motor Sports Association)
The venue licence application process can now begin. As part of this process the MSA will undertake a venue inspection of its own in the near future.
The F&DMC has been asked to liaise with the MSA to progress the formal licence application ahead of meeting with all key partners on the Isle of Wight.