Revised dates confirmed for expanded BARC live stream schedule

With the countdown to the start of the 2021 season in full swing, the British Automobile Racing Club can confirm its bumper live stream schedule for the forthcoming campaign.

Due to recent changes to a number of events in light of the governments easing of lockdown restrictions, no less than 18 race meetings will be streamed over the course of the year – bringing the full-throttle action from our championships to the heart of spectators homes.

As previously confirmed, all events will be broadcast live on the Club’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel, complete with commentary, graphics and full production values.

In addition, a BARC highlights show titled ‘Full Throttle’ will air on FreeSports, the only free-to-air sports channel in the UK. In what will be a first for UK club motor racing, the channel is aiming to broadcast live footage from a number of events over the course of the season, as their programming schedule permits.

BARC 2021 Live Stream Schedule

April 24/25 – Silverstone National

May 8/9 – Snetterton

May 31 – Donington Park

June 5/6 – Brands Hatch

June 12 – Oulton Park

June 19/20 – Pembrey

July 3/4 – Silverstone Grand Prix

July 3/4 – Thruxton

July 31/August 1 – Brands Hatch

August 21/22 – Donington Park

August 21/22 – Silverstone

August 27/28/29 – Snetterton

August 30 – Cadwell Park

September 18/19 – Snetterton

October 9/10 – Pembrey

October 17 – Mallory Park

October 23/24 – Donington Park

November 6/7 – Brands Hatch

November 13/14 – Brands Hatch

Note: All dates are provisional and subject to change in accordance with the latest government advice and restrictions regarding COVID-19.

Viewers can watch FreeSports on Freeview/BT/TalkTalk channel 64, Sky channel 422 and Virgin Media channel 553.

Subscribe to the British Automobile Racing Club’s official YouTube channel HERE.

Magnificent Murray! BARC pays tribute to Murray Walker OBE

The British Automobile Racing Club, along with the rest of the motorsport community, are deeply saddened over the loss of Murray Walker OBE, who passed away this past weekend aged 97.

Making his first public broadcast at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb in 1948, Murray went on to become a legend in the sport as he commentated on everything from bike racing and rallycross to truck racing and touring cars – as well as everything in-between – and all with the same infectious enthusiasm that everyone grew to love.

It was Formula 1 where he really came to prominence though, providing the soundtrack to generations of fans from 1978 through to 2001 on the BBC and later ITV. 

As the ‘Voice of F1’, Murray’s high-octane and knowledgable commentary became renowned, as did what became known as the ‘Murrayisms’ – the mistakes or slips of the tongue that added to the viewing experience.

In 1996, Murray was awarded the BARC Gold Medal – the most prestigious accolade the Club awards – for his outstanding contribution to motor racing. That same year also a saw him appointed an OBE for his services to broadcasting and motor racing.

Over the years Murray remained a dear friend of the BARC and repeatedly gave up his time to help us whenever possible, most recently in 2018. Alongside former Formula 1 and Indycar champion Nigel Mansell, he officially opened the brand-new Thruxton Centre as part of the venues 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The superlatives to describe Murray are endless, he was simply a wonderful man that had an unrivalled enthusiasm for the sport. 

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Murray’s family and friends at this sad time.

Thank you, Murray.

Murray Walker: 1923 – 2021

BARC expands audio listenership to Amazon Music/Podcasts with Cre8media

The British Automobile Racing Club is set to further expand its audio listenership on a global scale this year after confirming that content is available on Amazon’s Music/Podcasts platform.

In conjunction with the Club’s official audio partners Cre8media, Amazon Prime subscribers will have access to the latest news and stories at the click of a button or via Alexa-enabled devices.

Amazon is the latest in a long line of platforms that gives fans freedom of choice as to how they keep up to date with its championships, centres, officials and venues. Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, iHeart Radio and Overcast are just a number of outlets that are available to stream the Club’s content.

Continuing its long-standing partnership into a 11th year with Cre8media, the 2021 season is set to see yet more unique and insightful interviews take place with the likes of competitors and officials, taking you closer to the action across our race meetings.

Work is also underway on a number of other exciting projects that will further enhance BARC Audio, all of which will be announced in due course.

Matt Jones, Cre8media Founder, said: “I’m delighted to continue providing our services on behalf of the BARC and look forward to working towards the re-opening of the motorsport season as a whole.

“We have used 2020 in the main as a development year for the audio platform and have new and exciting updates coming soon. May I also like to take this opportunity to thank both Ben Taylor and Chris Ashby for their support during the past 12 months.”

To find out more information about the BARC’s audio platform, head to https://www.barcaudio.net/.

Amazon Music os one of the largest on-demand streaming music services. With more than 55 million customers, the platform continues to grow and it is available in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Japan, to name but a few.

BARC confirms change of date for Brands Hatch Truck Racing event

The first round of the British Truck Racing Championship, due to take place on April 10/11, has been rearranged to the weekend of June 5/6. Following discussions between BARC and MotorSport Vision, it was decided to push the meeting back by two months to ensure that fans are allowed into the Kent circuit for what is always a popular spectator event.

The truck racing season will now start at Pembrey on May 15/16, assuming that Welsh Government restrictions have been eased by then, and will hopefully feature the first ‘Convoy’ truck show at the Carmarthenshire circuit.

The BARC has been working closely with the championships that were due to attend the Brands Hatch event in April and it is hoped that all will be able to join the rearranged meeting in June.

We appreciate the inconvenience and disruption that this will cause to existing plans, but we are grateful for everyone’s understanding at this challenging time.

BARC confirms Croft race meeting cancellation

The British Automobile Racing Club can confirm that its scheduled race meeting at Croft Circuit on April 10 has been cancelled.

The Club has considered very carefully the implications of the proposed easing of lockdown restrictions in making this decision, particularly with regard to marshals, officials and competitors.

 The C1 Challenge which was due to feature at Croft, will now begin its season with the 24hr Silverstone event at the end of May and the series’ visit to Croft will be rescheduled to August 7/8. The Mini 7s who were also due to race at Croft will now join the rearranged Silverstone event on April 24/25.

We appreciate the inconvenience and disruption that this will cause to existing plans, but we are grateful for everyone’s understanding at this challenging time.

BARC statement on early-season events

Since the Prime Minister clarified the relaxing of guidance last week (February 22), we have been working hard behind the scenes with venues and championships to evaluate what it means for the start of the BARC’s racing programme this year.

Alongside the need to ensure everyone’s safety, there is a great deal to take into consideration in these decisions, including overnight stays, travelling time for marshals, officials and competitors, the availability of circuits and the knock-on effects of rearranging rounds into an already busy calendar.

However, we are delighted to announce that we have arranged with Silverstone to move the Britcar Endurance Championship event from March 27/28 to April 24/25.

We remain in discussions about our Croft event on April 10 and our British Truck Racing Championship headlining race meeting at Brands Hatch on April 10/11. We hope to make an announcement on those as soon as possible this week.

BARC Marshals Training postponed due to government restrictions

The British Automobile Racing Club can confirm that due to the current COVID-19 government restrictions, BARC Marshal Training days have been postponed.

Traditionally, a total of five training days are normally held across the months of February and March at venues such as Croft, Pembrey and Thruxton.

With training provided to cover a wide range of topics such as fire safety to pit lane operation and teamwork; marshal training covers a wide variety of key attributes in preparing those that are heading trackside each season.

More information regarding BARC Marshals Training as restrictions are eased will be communicated in due course.

To find out more information on how to become a member of the ‘orange army’ and play a role in the sport you love, head to https://www.barc.net/marshals/.

BARC unveils bumper live stream partnership with FreeSports and 247.TV for 2021 season

The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to announce that no less than 16 race meetings will be streamed live and online over the course of the 2021 season after forging a partnership with leading sports production company, 247.TV.

Showcasing the exhilarating, edge-of-the-seat action that is produced by the BARC’s variety of championships and series, all events will be broadcast live on the Club’s official Facebook page and YouTube channel, complete with commentary, graphics and full production values.

Footage will then be post-produced to create a weekly BARC highlights show that will be aired on FreeSports, the only free-to-air sports channel in the UK, under the title ‘Full Throttle’. In a first for UK club motor racing, the channel will also broadcast the live footage from a number of events, as their programming schedule permits.

Championships that will feature over the course of the season include the Britcar Endurance Championship, British Truck Racing Championship, Caterham Graduates Championship and Classic Touring Car Racing Club, amongst many more.

With the 2021 campaign due to begin in two months’ time, this new streaming partnership between the BARC and 247.TV will allow competitors, club members and fans to watch the best of national motorsport from the comfort of their own home.

Boasting more than two decades of experience, 247.TV is an independent production company which specialises in exciting content for both TV and online. Covering approximately 70 events per month across multiple sports, 247.TV has worked alongside the FA, RFL and England Rugby, amongst many others.

Ben Taylor, BARC Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have tied up this deal with 247.TV. It is a huge step forward for the club and will be a significant boost for our many championships and competitors. We saw last year how popular it was and we’re sure it will be a big success in 2021.”

Adrian Battersby, 247.TV Head of Production, added: “COVID forced us to change our direction in 2020 so we decided to look at  motorsport’s production. I’m pleased to see that our approach was met with a positive reaction and we can’t wait to get started on the shows this year.”

Richard Webb, FreeSports Director of Programming, concluded: “As many sports were affected during 2020, we took some content from BARC events and were thrilled with the popularity of the shows and the quality of the driving across various different categories at iconic venues around the UK. We are certainly looking forward to the shows in 2021.”

BARC 2021 Live Stream Schedule

March 27/28 – Silverstone International

April 10/11 – Brands Hatch

April 24/25 – Cadwell Park

May 8/9 – Snetterton

May 15/16 – Pembrey

June 12 – Oulton Park

July 3/4 – Silverstone Grand Prix

July 3/4 – Thruxton

July 31/August 1 – Brands Hatch

August 21/22 – Donington Park

August 21/22 – Silverstone

September 18/19 – Snetterton

October 9/10 – Pembrey

October 17 – Mallory Park

October 23/24 – Donington Park

November 6/7 – Brands Hatch

November 13/14 – Brands Hatch

Note: All dates are provisional and subject to change in accordance with the latest government advice regarding COVID-19.

Viewers can watch FreeSports on Freeview/BT/TalkTalk channel 64, Sky channel 422 and Virgin Media channel 553.

Subscribe to the British Automobile Racing Club’s official YouTube channel HERE.

British Automobile Racing Club announces full 2021 events calendar

The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to announce its full provisional events calendar for the forthcoming 2021 motorsport season; with the start scheduled for late March and running all the way through until mid-November.

Following on from an unprecedented 2020 campaign which was affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Club has unveiled a bumper list of race meetings which will see championships undoubtedly deliver edge-of-the-seat entertainment across the length and breadth of the UK.

Categories such as the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, British Truck Racing Championship, Legends Cars National Championship and many more will take centre stage over the course of what will undoubtedly be a season to remember.

In addition to staging more than 40 race meetings, the Club continue to take up its customary operational and organisational role across all three Goodwood events; the 78th Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed and Revival.

Please note that all events remain provisional and subject to change in accordance with the latest guidelines from the UK government regarding COVID-19.

To view the full list of scheduled 2021 British Automobile Racing Club race meetings, CLICK HERE.

Mark Turner appointed BARC Sporting Manager

The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to announce that Mark Turner has been appointed to the role of Sporting Manager and will head up the Club’s Competitions Department with immediate effect, following the semi-retirement of Ian Watson who will continue as Race Director of the BTCC for BARC.

Mark will lead the experienced team, focusing on delivering excellent customer service to club members, competitors, marshals, officials and many others in a comprehensive schedule of events and race meetings.

Boasting a wealth of motorsport experience that spans more than two decades, Mark’s career started as co-ordinator for the SEAT Cupra Championship where he began his affiliation with the BARC.  He moved to working directly for the Club managing both Formula BMW Pacific and the British Schools Karting Championship.

His international career continued as Series Manager for the China-focused Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup.  Mark spearheaded Audi’s inaugural one-make championship for the entire program taking the series across Asia.  At the end of the Audi program, in 2019, Mark became Series Manager for the world’s first production based electric car series – the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY which supported the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

Mark Turner, BARC Sporting Manager, said: “I’m delighted to be re-joining the BARC as its new Sporting Manager. I have a great affection for the Club; it’s where I learnt the most about the industry.  Having worked internationally for almost 15 years if I was to return to any national club it was always going to be this one.

“When I started out in motorsport I soon became involved with the Club and have always maintained close ties to it throughout the variety of roles I have held.

“Given the situation we all find ourselves in, this is an unusual time to land a new role but with the fact that everything is changing now is the time to look to the future. The Club has a tremendous history that spans more than 100 years and I’m focused on building on that to ensure that it continues to thrive for the next century.”

Ben Taylor, BARC Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted that Mark has joined us and I look forward to working with him to shape the future of this great club. His wide-ranging experience throughout the sport will be invaluable in helping us to evolve the BARC offering and bring it up to date for the benefit of all our existing and future customers.”

Important update on National Lockdown Restrictions for the BARC

In line with the latest government lockdown restrictions that were introduced on 5 January to combat the spread of COVID-19, the British Automobile Racing Club’s head office at Thruxton Circuit will be closed until mid-February.

The majority of staff are either working from home or furloughed so if you have an enquiry and don’t know who to contact, please email info@barc.net and a member of our team will reply as soon as possible.

The Club’s Competitions Department is continuing its preparations for the start of the new season, which is still scheduled to begin as planned at the end of March.

The Club’s three race circuits – Croft, Pembrey and Thruxton – are also closed in line with government restrictions. Specific updates for each circuit can be found on their individual websites.

We will continue to monitor the situation in the coming weeks alongside the government’s proposed review in mid-February and we look forward to the resumption of activities as soon as possible.

We would like to thank everyone for their understanding at this difficult time and urge them to follow all official guidance to do what they can to keep themselves and others safe and well.

A message from BARC Chief Executive Ben Taylor

As we close the door on what has been a truly unprecedented year, I would like to thank everyone that has played their part in an extraordinary motorsport season.

A year that started with so much promise and optimism has turned out to be like no other that any of us have experienced before or ever care to again. We send our very best wishes to everyone that has been affected by the virus this year. How little we knew back then; and how little we still know in many respects.

In the face of the pandemic, it is quite extraordinary that we’ve managed to rescue anything from the motorsport season at all. But, undeterred by the changes and the restrictions, the PPE and the face masks, not to mention the absence of spectators, the sport was able to deliver a meaningful half-season between July and November. Achieving this is testament to the sheer bloody-mindedness of the motorsport community!

We have had to change some of our procedures and processes but evolution is never a bad thing. Administration went digital, the marshals had to adapt to provide their essential cover in changing circumstances, and the scrutineers’ role has changed somewhat.

The one thing that has been evident throughout all of this is that everyone has just mucked in. That collective spirit and camaraderie has reinforced the fact that this sport, by and large, is done by people who love what they do and they are not going to let the virus get in the way of their enjoyment.

So whether you are a Club member, competitor, official, marshal, volunteer, spectator, or one of the amazing members of staff, I would like to thank you for the extraordinary efforts you have made to keep the show on the road this year. We couldn’t have done it without you.

The BARC will be back in 2021 with a full calendar of quality race events spread across the whole country and I know that the entire sport is hoping for better times in the near future.

For now, I wish you a safe and socially-distanced Christmas, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Best wishes

Ben Taylor

BARC Chief Executive