You can still enjoy motor sport during Covid-19!
Lockdown motoring advice from Logbook Loans for all you motor sport fans out there…
At Logbook Loans we are painfully aware that Covid-19 has disrupted all our lives in many different ways. It has impacted our health, families, jobs, finances, education and also our freedom to enjoy life. One of these freedoms is to take part in or watch sport.
To some people this may seem like a fairly trivial issue amongst the overall scale of the pandemic. So if you are a sports fan you may feel a bit guilty for admitting that you do miss it, when there are other more important things to think about. But sport is a big part of many of our lives, and at Logbook Loans we are certainly looking forward to the day when all this is over and sport can again become part of normal life – whatever the new normal looks like.
The latest government guidance outlines the possible steps that the country will take towards this new normal. We are currently in Step 1. If sufficient progress is made in successfully controlling the spread of the virus then Step 2 will be implemented from June. As part of this it is hoped to restart some cultural and sporting events. These events would take place behind closed doors, without an audience, but many would also be broadcast.
If you are a fan of motor sport then this means that there is a glimmer of light on the horizon.
The British Grand Prix is due to run at Silverstone over two weekends: 19 and 26 July. Details are currently being worked out between F1 and Silverstone to confirm this.
The full Formula One programme for the next few months could then look something like:
Four races: two in Austria on 5 and 12 July, followed by the two at Silverstone.
- August- early September
Four races on tracks in either Spain, Hungary, France, Belgium, the Netherlands or Italy.
- Mid September
Either Canada or Singapore.
Details are evolving all the time, so do keep your eyes and ears open. But it looks as if there may well be some brilliant live F1 races to watch in the not-too-distant future.
Of course, Formula One is not the only motor sport in the UK. There is also IndyCar, motorcycle racing, drag racing, rallying, sports car racing or touring car racing – to name but a few.
All motorsports events in the UK are suspended till at least June, but do keep up to date with what is happening to these sports. Check out the Motorsport UK website for anything to do with four-wheel motorsport in the UK. For motorcycle racing check out sites such as MotoGP.
There are also a range of motor sports related activities that you can do from home, just to keep you in the right frame of mind.
- Televised sporting events
It is worth flicking through regular channels as well as sporting channels to see what you can find. In the absence of live sporting events, there are various historical sporting events now being shown. Also check out specialised online channels such as Motorsport TV, and highlights of great sporting moments of your choice on Youtube.
- Racing games
Whatever digital device you prefer to use – computer, laptop, tablet, phone, Playstation or XBox, there are many car racing games available for all ages. Everyone has their favourite but check out some of the following if you haven’t already:
- Burnout Paradise Remastered
- Forza Horizon 4
- Grand Turismo Sport
- Horizon Chase Turbo
- Need for Speed Heat
- Project Cars 2
- Ridge Racer Unbound
- Sonic and All Stars Racing Transformed
- Split Second
- Formula 1 activities
The FIA has produced a list of some fun F1-related things to do during lockdown. Something for all the family. You can check out their F1 Themed Activities here.
What about my driving day?!
Last but not least, what if you have a voucher for a driving experience day that you had been planning to do sometime during the lockdown period? When will you actually be able to do it?
The good news is that all voucher companies seem to be extending the deadline by which you have to use the voucher. At the moment it is not possible to say when these driving facilities will be able to reopen. But rest assured that if you do have a voucher, you should still be able to use it when all this is over.
New vouchers can also still be purchased even though they can’t currently be used. They will come with an extended expiry date of at least 18 months. For example The Silverstone Rally School is offering a wide range of driving experience vouchers which would make an ideal birthday or Father’s Day gift. They have an 18 month expiry so can be used well into 2021.
So don’t let Covid-19 destroy your driving dream!
We hope that the above tips help you to continue to enjoy motor sport during the Covid-19 lockdown, and also bring some hope that there will soon be better times to come.
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