Update on Motorsport due to Covid-19

Update on Motorsport due to Covid-19

Update on Motorsport and the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway

The Trinidad and Tobago Automobile Sport Association (TTASA) hopes that our members, racers, spectators, supporters and stakeholders are all doing well as we make our way through the COVID-19 pandemic and looks forward to a positive future. We understand that you are eager to return to racing at the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway (FBWIR).

However, you are reminded as per the press conference hosted by Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley, sporting activities have not been completely opened at this time. Therefore, the Association will be using the more relaxed rules of Phase One to continue the 2020 Improvement Campaign, which was halted abruptly on the 27th March, 2020 when the Raceway was closed. The continuation of this Campaign includes the completion of washroom facilities and also the installation of new signage around the Raceway. Racing events have all been cancelled or postponed until further notice.

TTASA has been following directives from the FIA to encourage online racing wherever possible. With this in mind, TTASA is in the process of launching its eSports initiative which will start with Circuit Racing on the Gran Turismo Sport platform. This platform is certified by the FIA. FIA has also provided remote training sessions with TTASA on carrying out these online races. Regulations and details on the online racing will be sent out soon. FIA suggests during periods of lockdown to #RaceAtHome using online racing platforms. 

Unfortunately, during the lock-down period the row of tyres along the main straight-away of the Raceway were burnt down. Currently investigations are ongoing regarding the cause of this fire, as the recently refurbished and painted walk-over was also damaged. The Management Committee is currently planning to replace these tyres along with the necessary binding required to safely secure such and to also repaint the walk-over. Upon the completion of this, and once approved by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Raceway would be reopened for PRACTICE sessions during Phase Two.

 

We ask you the members during this time, to review the relevant rule changes for your respective disciplines and work toward conforming to them. We understand and empathize how eager you all are for the return of Motorsport, but we must be patient and work together with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago toward a safe return.

Please be reminded that the monthly meeting carded for Wednesday 13th May, 2020 has been cancelled, any updates regarding the Association would be sent via subsequent correspondences.



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