Getting Back on Track

Copy of Getting Back on Track First issued 25th July 2020 updated 7th August, 23rd September, 14th October, 12th March, 12th May and 16th July 2021.

This Document Effective from the 19th July 2021.

The BRCA Executive, like other sports governing bodies, has been working through what we need to do as we exit the restrictions placed upon us by Covid 19. We want to thank all of our community for supporting the need to adjust our activities; we appreciate just how difficult this has been for many individuals and clubs.

Basic Principles

Covid 19 has not gone away, as this is typed cases are rising, however the change is that we must now learn to live with this disease.

1) Government Legislation -The BRCA Membership will respect the law and principles of government guidance.

2) Good Corporate Citizenship – Positive public perception of our sport is important to ensure cooperation and future growth.

3) Safety, Safety, Safety! – Safety is a central intent and in the front of our mind during the execution of our sport.

4) Respect – we will all respect the choices of others; we will respect the authority of the other organisations we work with.

5) Personal Responsibility – Is the central theme of the current government guidance, take it seriously and do your bit.

Important Considerations

The UK is still in a healthcare crisis, and it is the Government requirement that we closely follow their advice and guidance in order that as a nation the UK can navigate our way through the current situation.

Life should start to revert to a more ‘normal’ situation, not as it was pre-pandemic, but the ‘new normal’ one where Covid 19 is part of our everyday routine, just as we manage other illnesses and diseases daily we now must do so with this.

Guidance for Competitors

Your Club will NOT be operating how it used to pre-pandemic. Some of the process we have adopted during the last 18 months will continue to be used as it’s simply Good Practice.

You MUST Provide

• Your Own Hi-Viz Waistcoat for Marshalling.

• A pair of Gloves for Marshalling – If the Club require them. (not latex, proper work gloves).

• Some disposable Face Masks – for use as required.

• A Bottle of Hand Sanitiser – for use as required.

Highly recommended to have available: –

• A pair of Gloves for Marshalling

• Some disposable latex gloves.

• Surface Cleaner.

• Hand Wipes.

Do Not Share PPE.

Face Masks Are NOT a legal requirement.


• They may well be a requirement of the Venue or the Club and it is entirely possible there will be areas within the venue that will still require their use.

• If you are Asked to wear a mask by the Venue or the Club – Wear It or Don’t Attend.

• Venues or Clubs are entirely within the Law to require you to wear a mask to attend.

• If you have a Medical Exemption do carry the appropriate documentation.

• If you want to wear a Mask – Do So – ignore what others do or say.

Personal Responsibility & Respect.

• If you are feeling unwell, in any way, Do Not Attend. • Do Not put yourself in a position where you feel uncomfortable.

• Respect the choices of others, if somebody chooses to wear a mask Respect their choice, they would probably also appreciate more personal space.

Guidance for Organisers

There will still be significant changes (compared to pre-pandemic) required across all facets of the event organisation.

However most clubs have worked through these restrictions and workable solutions (and in lots of cases solutions that are better) have been arrived at – So if you’re just starting back whatever problems You come up against somebody else has probably already had, just Ask via ‘Contact Us’ and we’ll find somebody who can help.

Event Entry

Continue to minimise face to face interaction, continue with On-Line entry and prepayment, minimise the handling of paper and cash.

Ensure that the entry process emphasises attendance only if well and NOT exhibiting any COVID 19 symptoms.

Who Can Attend?

Officials, Competitors, Guests, friends and family etc – back to how it used to be.

But;- the more people the harder it is to give the people who want a bit of space that room, so ask your racers to be considerate.

Spectators are allowed – But – it is VERY vague as to what the requirements are to be able to track them post event, so we recommend that the odd one be treated as a club guest (name and a contact number – added to your attendees list) until we have more details.

At the event – Booking In

As per Event Entry – minimise your interaction between people as much as your systems will allow.

Track & Trace

The contact details for all Competitors and Officials must be collected – Name, contact phone number and contact email address (i.e. a ‘contact’ may be a parent if a junior) For the competitors this may be taken from the entry data with attendance confirmed.

The Event Officials

PPE requirements as per competitors.

The Venue in General

Continue to conduct Best Practice on flowing people round your venue to minimise crowding and queues. Do not worry about getting this perfect – just do your best and change it as you see fit.

Communication around the venue is vital – ensure you can be heard, clearly.

Build lots of space into the event / venue plan, this may also mean less people, but accommodating people so they feel comfortable is more important.

It will be worth having some ‘PPE Kits’ available for the people who arrive ill prepared.

The Pits

Continue to allow more space than ‘pre-pandemic’

The Pits should be formally laid out – leaving it as a ‘free for all’ should be avoided as you’ll still be wanting to minimise crowding and queues.

If Competitors use tables and chairs provided by the club, make sure the competitors know to bring wipes – or provide them.

Pay particular attention to the normal Health & Safety concerns in the Pits – we have more issues in the Pits than we have on the Track and dealing with an injury in the pits is not something we want to be having to do.


Where possible – use separate entrance and exits to the rostrum, if that’s not possible then control the flow of people so there is no requirement to queue.


All marshals must have their own Hi Viz waistcoat.

All marshals must have their own Gloves – if the Club requires their use.


Do not display results in an area where they can be handled. Preferably distribute them over the internet and encourage people to view remotely.

Drivers Briefing (where required)

Emailed in advance of the event or over the PA, avoid crowding people together


Lots of you will have been expecting all the guidance to simply stop and for thing to revert to ‘how they used to be’ unfortunately the world has now changed, this disease is now part of our daily life, there is no going back. However, what we have learnt from this is that by taking some simple steps we can improve our events and the impact they can (and do) have on our health. For virtually all of the previous 4 pages you could replace ‘Covid 19’ with ‘The Flu’ and it would still apply. What we have learnt is that we need to take our Health seriously and what we each do at our events effects other people’s, we will need to be much more organised and considerate of that in the future.

So We must Think about what we are doing.

We must Plan how we are going to go about it.

We must Adjust how we conduct our events until we are happy we have something that works.

We must give the time to our fellow racers and officials to allow them to do things differently

We must be Patient with each other while we all Learn.


Do Your Best, simply us all making our best effort to do the best we can to look after each other is all that anybody will ever ask.


If in Doubt ask – you can always contact the Association via ‘Contact Us’ or give an official a quick call, none of us will mind as we’re all in this together.

04/03/21 Covid Upate

Hopefully the current plan to bring the covid-19  virus under control will enable us to return to indoor racing again later in the year. This will be dependant both on the Government regulations and also the race venue Gresley Old Hall .

The website will be updated and Burton Buggy Club members informed when a definite restart date is known.

See copy of the BRCA – Getting Back on Track 2021 as 03/03/2021 below.

BRCA – Getting Back on Track 2021
This document first issued 3rd March 2021
The Following Information is correct as at the above date and is ‘to the best of our
knowledge’ it is still being ‘clarified’ by government and the senior sporting bodies – so is subject to change.

Basic Timescale relevant to our sport – Applicable to ENGLAND
29th March
• Outdoor, 1 day, events may recommence – But should be;- ’local clubs for local
people’ wherever possible, extensive travel is to be discouraged.
• There is No Limit to the number who may participate – Full Social Distancing applies,
All Guidance is as per the current ‘Getting Back on Track Document’

12th April – Additional to the above
• Outdoor, 2 day or more, events may recommence.
• Staying overnight in your own, on site, accommodation (caravan, motorhome, tent)
is permissible.
• ‘Self-Contained’ accommodation can open and can be booked by all (static caravans,
holiday cottages, some motels etc)
• Officials (None Competing only) can book a normal hotel as this is classed as ‘work’
even though a voluntary activity.

17th May – Additional to both above.
• Indoor events can recommence.
• Hotels, B&B’s etc can re-open to all.

12th April & Indoors – The current regulations allow for Leisure Centres to open from the 12th April for ‘Individual Activity’, but specifically not ‘organised Group sport’ there is
currently no mention of ‘organised Individual sport’ as was included last Autumn. This is
being investigated as to what’s intended, but we assume this is deliberate and hence the 17th May is when racing can commence Indoors, IF this changes, we will communicate it.

Event Guidance & Social Distancing – This will change during the March to June period, but currently we don’t know when, as this should be a reduction of the social distancing requirements then we may find this is at short notice, as the worst case is events run with precautions that may have been deemed unnecessary, we don’t believe this to be an issue!

26/11/20 Covid-19 Update

Following today’s Government announcement regarding local Covid-19 restriction tiers coming into force following the end of the current National lockdown on the 2nd December, racing at the club will continue to be suspended until further notice.

Updates will be posted when the situation changes.


Racing is currently suspended as the race venue at Gresley Old Hall closed down on 30th October and will remain closed during the National lockdown which is currently due to finish on 2nd December.

The earliest date for a return of racing if all conditions allow appears to be Tuesday 8th December.

Many thanks for the tremendous support from Members during the past seven weeks that the club was open, despite all the precautions that had to be taken there was some very enjoyable and competitive racing.

Current Members will have their membership extended from 31st December 2020 to 31st March 2021.

Members racing after December this year will need to join the BRCA for 2021, this should be available via the BRCA website by mid November.

Let’s hope that we will be back in action again before Christmas!

Stay Safe

27-10-20 Winter League Round 2

Twenty-one Drivers this week for the second round of the current league on a track design that was quick and looked deceptively easy, but demanded precision driving in key places to ensure a good result.

For the third consecutive week Simon Pole was the top qualifier followed by Karl Norris and Darren Ford all separated by a few seconds. Chelle Snowden, Stuart Evans and Guy Rogers took the remaining places in the “A” Final.

A great evening for “Team Hart” with Alfie Hart taking second place in the “D” Final having started from last place on the grid, the race being won by Paul Carter with Jake Crawshaw third.
Not to be outdone by Alfie, Jack Walsh finished third in the “C” Final to be the best placed F3 driver. The race was won by Mike Simpson with Simon Honeysett finishing second.

In the “B” Final Bob Harley was going for his third win in a row, this time starting from fourth place on the grid with Stephen Deacon on pole.
A great race this with Kayleigh Knight winning, Benn Norris taking a brilliant second place to make it a 1-2 for “Team Norris”. Stephen Deacon was third ahead of Bob Harley in fourth.

In the “A” Final Simon Pole made a good start to the race from pole position but had to settle for second place behind Karl Norris the eventual winner with his consistently quick driving. Chelle Snowden finished third under a second behind Simon, Stuart Evans took fourth place to be top F2 driver. Two wins and a second place in the evening for “Team Norris”

Current league leaders are:-

F1 Simon Pole and Karl Norris tied on 199 points
F2 Stuart Evans 200 points
F3 Dan Stones 199 points

20-10-20 Winter League Round 1

This was the first round of the winter league which runs to the end of the year with the six best scores from a possible nine to count.
The track design was similar to the previous week and again produced some incredibly competitive racing with three qualifying rounds and a final as usual.

Simon Pole was the top qualifier with 42 laps, Karl Norris was second on 41 laps, Chelle Snowden and Stuart Evans both achieved 40 laps in exactly the same time with Chelle taking third place on the tie break, cannot remember this happening before! Kayleigh Knight and Darren Ford completed the A line up each with 39 laps.

First to race was the C Final where Paul Carter led the cars away from the start grid and set the quickest lap of the race, however the race was won by Dan Stones, Paul was second and Jake Crawshaw third.

In the B Final Guy Rogers, Bob Harley and Stephen Deacon were very closely matched for pace and had a great race. For the second week running Bob Harley was the winner, Guy was second and Stephen third with just a few seconds between them. Well done Bob! Benn Norris also had a good race to take fourth place.

Simon Pole started from pole position on the grid in the A Final and was in great form both winning the race and setting the fastest lap. Karl Norris finished in second place and Chelle Snowden third, a great race to complete the evening.

Early days yet in the league but the current leaders are-

F1 Simon Pole
F2 Stuart Evans
F3 Dan Stones

Round 2 of the Winter League is planned for next week.

13-10-20 October Clubnight

For the second week running Simon Pole was the top qualifier after winning all of the qualifying rounds with Karl Norris in second place, both drivers with 40 laps.
Could Simon win the A Final again as he did last week!.
Stuart Evans was in third place and Kayleigh Knight fourth both 41 laps followed by Chelle Snowden and Bob Harley with 39.

First up was the GT12 C Final, the winner by three laps was McKenzie Wallace after an excellent drive, Mike Simpson took second place and a fast improving Dan Stones was third.

The Club Chairman Bob Harley was the winner of the B Final, Guy Rogers taking second place and Nick Wallace third, all three drivers on 39 laps.

Simon Pole made a good start from pole position in the A Final to lead from Karl Norris and Stuart Evans with Chelle Snowden moving up into fourth place ahead of Kayleigh Knight. Chelle and Kay exchanged fourth and fifth places on each of the first three laps before Kay eventually regained her starting position.

On lap seven Karl Norris took the lead in the race from Simon setting up a tremendous battle between these two drivers and despite Simon setting the fastest lap time it was Karl who retained his lead to win by a margin of 0.35 Seconds! Stuart Evans finished third.
Kay regained fourth position on lap thirty five only for Chelle to overtake her yet again on lap thirty seven to take fourth place which she held to the the finish.

Wow! what a race, can it be matched next week?

Don’t forget the Winter League starts next week.

Entry is by Pre Booking by text message as usual for Burton Buggy Club members only.

06-10-20 Spring League Final Round

At last the final round of the Spring League which started on Tuesday 14th January.
The track design was similar to the previous week and produced some close racing.

There were three qualifying rounds and a Final as usual.

Simon Pole was quickest in the qualifying closely followed by Karl Norris both on 44 laps with Darren Ford third a lap down.
Good performances from both Stuart Evans and Nick Wallace with 42 laps to be the leading drivers in F2.
Simon Honeysett was yet again the top F3 driver, Dan Stones was second.

Simon Honeysett won the GT12 C Final with Paul Carter taking second place, Jake Crawshaw finished third just ahead of Dan Stones.
In the B Final Kayleigh Knight won after a good race with Stuart Evans who finished second with Bob Harley third.
The A Final as usual very close, Simon Pole started from pole position on the grid ahead of League leader Karl Norris and this was how they finished at the end of the race just over two seconds apart, these two being a lap ahead of the rest of the field. Darren Ford took third place, Chelle Snowden fourth and Guy Rogers fifth.

Congratulations to the League winners.
GT12 F1 Karl Norris
GT12 F2 Nick Wallace
GT12 F3 Simon Honeysett
LMP12 F1 Fred Hatfield

Next week is an ordinary clubnight for Burton Buggy Club members only

29-09-20 Spring League Round 8

Round 8 of the Spring League this week which had two rounds left to complete when racing was suspended earlier in the year due to Covid-19.

Some very competitive racing as usual, Karl Norris won the A Final with Simon Pole in second place and Guy Rogers third.

The B Final winner was Mike Simpson, Bob Harley took second place and McKenzie Wallace third.

Simon Honeysett was three laps clear in the C Final with Dan Stones finishing in second just ahead of Paul Carter in third.

Next week will be the final round of the Spring League and with some of the top three places in the leagues not yet decided, especially in F2, it should provide a great finish.
By popular request the track design will be the same as this week.

Many thanks to everyone for helping out at the end of the evening to ensure we were finished on time.




Four Heats of GT12 and one Heat of LMP12 are planned
The number of Persons allowed inside the venue is limited to 30
DRIVERS MUST PRE-BOOK TO RACE – by text message to the Club Secretary.

Booking will close at 8-00am on Tuesday 29th.
Information provided must include
1. Drivers name and class of racing i.e. GT12 or LMP12.
2. Contact phone number (Mobile preferred) to be used for Trace and Trace if not already supplied.

A reminder as before:-
DRIVERS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN PPE – Tough gloves suitable for marshalling, Hi-Viz vest jacket, Face mask and hand sanitiser (70% alcohol minimum)
THE EXACT CASH must be tendered for payment of race fees which must be dropped into the receptacle provided on their first visit to the rostrum. (Member £5, Junior Member £4)
NO Change will be given

The usual door used for access will be open until 7pm, it will then remain closed until the evenings racing is complete and then re-opened for egress.

Before entering the venue, everyone must apply hand sanitiser.
The ONE-WAY systems in place must be observed at all times.