Goodwood pushes Members’ Meeting back to later in the year

The Goodwood Members’ Meeting, which traditionally opens the Goodwood calendar of events, has been postponed until October 16/17 following the UK’s government’s roadmap out of the current lockdown restrictions.

Originally scheduled to take place in May, the two-day event will now conclude Goodwood’s schedule of popular events, with an exhilarating mix of races set to take centre stage.

With a limited number of spectators set to be allowed to sporting events from May 17 at the earliest, organisers of the event have elected to postpone until later in the year.

In a statement, Goodwood said: “While the revived Members’ Meetings, which began in 2014, have always adopted a ‘keep calm and carry on’ approach to motorsport – even racing on in the face of the legendary ‘Beast from the East’ storm that curtailed other events in 2018 – the safety of our spectators and competitors is our highest priority.

“Therefore we will continue to work closely with Public Health England and the UK Government to ensure that any events are run in strict accordance with government guidelines. Plans for ensuring the safety of all at our events, whether behind the wheel, in the paddocks or watching from trackside, are well advanced to ensure that all three Goodwood motorsport events can go ahead this year.

“Where necessary, we have reduced the number of people present on-site to allow for social distancing. This will be regularly reviewed and adjusted in line with the latest official guidance as event planning proceeds.

“Goodwood wants customers to be able to book with confidence and if it is deemed that an event cannot take place on advice from the UK Government due to the ever-changing pandemic, the ‘Ticket Guarantee’ means customers can transfer their ticket to the following year or receive a full refund.”

The Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival are still scheduled to take place in their respective July and September slots this year.