BARC Statement – Saturday 31st July [Updated on 2/8/21]

The British Automobile Racing Club is saddened to confirm that as a result of an accident that occurred during a race meeting at Brands Hatch circuit on Saturday 31 July, Rob Foote, a volunteer marshal and BARC member, tragically lost his life. The rest of the day’s racing activity was cancelled.

The meeting resumed on Sunday morning with a moving tribute on the grid attended by marshals, officials, drivers, teams and staff. Similar tributes were held across the country on Sunday and at events around the world as the motor sport family came together to mark their fallen colleague.

On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by loss of one of our amazing volunteer marshals who do so much to enable the sport to take place. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Rob’s family and friends at this time, as well as those of the other people involved.


Racing comes second on sombre weekend at Brands Hatch

Racing came second at Brands Hatch this past weekend (July 31/August 1) as part of the British Automobile Racing Club’s latest visit to the Kent venue.

Sadly, the Club was saddened to confirm that a major accident took place on the Saturday and a volunteer marshal tragically lost their life. A full statement on the incident can be viewed here.

On Sunday, the mood at the track was a sombre one as a fitting tribute was paid on the grid before racing got back underway.

The Classic Touring Car Racing Club delivered a bulk of the action throughout what was a frenetic day around the Indy circuit, with Jason West kicking off proceedings with a win in the Edmundson Electrical Classic & Historic Thunder Saloons Championship.

Malcolm Harding claimed an impressive brace in the combined Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club and Blue Oval Saloon Series contests whilst Gary Prebble reigned supreme in the Laser Tools Pre 93 Touring Car Championship / Simply Serviced Pre 2003 Touring Cars bout.

Spoils were shared between Barry Sime and Alan Greenhalgh in the Pre 66 Touring Cars ranks as Mark Lucock rounded out the list of winners by triumphing in the Shell Oil Pre 83 Touring Car Championship.

The Britcar Endurance Championship’s Trophy Class staged two one-hour races with Axel Van Nederveen and Adriano Medeiros stormed to victory in the opener before Simon Barker

There was a breakthrough win for Ruben Hage in the Junior Saloon Car Championship too as he strengthened his title challenge. Niall Bradley meanwhile dominated proceedings in the Kumho BMW Championship to net two impressive wins.

To view the full classification of results from all completed sessions at Brands Hatch, CLICK HERE.

On behalf of everyone connected with the BARC, we are devastated by loss of one of the amazing volunteer marshal community who do so much to enable the sport to take place. Our thoughts and best wishes are with the family and friends of all those involved.

Statement: Snetterton – July 4

The British Automobile Racing Club is saddened to confirm that a fatal accident occurred at Snetterton race circuit on Sunday 4 July, during the C1 Racing Series race.

The BARC has been working with the national governing body, Motorsport UK, and the police to understand the circumstances of the incident.

The C1 Racing Club has quickly grown into a strong and close-knit community since its creation in 2017 and our thoughts are with the family and friends of the well-known and much-loved member of the series.

Our thoughts are also with the volunteer marshals and rescue crews who were involved in the event and we are offering them all our support at this difficult time.

BARC partners with The Lifestyle Card to launch new exclusive member benefit

The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to announce that it has partnered with The Lifestyle Card to offer its members access to thousands of discounts which can be used locally, nationally and online.

Originally launched in Andover in 2018 to raise awareness of local businesses, The Lifestyle Card has evolved into a nationwide discount card that gives access to more than 5,000 discounts covering all aspects of your lifestyle such as hotels, food & drink, shopping, events, entertainment and many more.

All BARC members, including racing members and registered marshals, will now be able to enjoy these savings as part of their existing membership. Meanwhile, holders of The Lifestyle Card can benefit from discounts on race meeting tickets and driving experiences at the BARC’s three circuits – Croft, Pembrey and Thruxton.

The BARC will be contacting its members in the coming weeks with their individual Lifestyle Card membership numbers and instructions on how to register.

Ben Taylor, BARC Chief Executive, said: “We have followed the progress of The Lifestyle Card since their early days and are now delighted to formalise the relationship. Not only will it provide great added value to our members, but it will also showcase our exciting product range of race events, driving experiences and conference facilities to a whole new audience, both locally and across the country. We look forward to developing the partnership even further in the future.”

Sean & Fiona Caruana, Company Directors at The Lifestyle Card, added: “We are delighted to have formed this partnership with BARC and we’re positive that our members will enjoy receiving discounts at all BARC venues.

“We hope that visitors throughout the year will be more inclined to stay longer in the area and sample local restaurants, accommodation and the many fantastic days out and experiences that the Test Valley area has to offer.”

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BARC highlights show ‘Full Throttle’ set to debut on Freesports

The British Automobile Racing Club can announce that its brand new TV highlights show – Full Throttle – is set to debut this coming Sunday (May 16) on Freesports.

As part of the Club’s live stream partnership with 247.TV, which has already proven to be an overwhelming success, the weekly highlights show will showcase the best of national motorsport on the only free-to-air sports channel in the UK.

Airing the best bits from each race meeting, Episode 1 and 2 will feature the Britcar Endurance Championship’s season-opener at Silverstone from late April whilst Episode 3 will see the all-action Mini 7 Racing Club take centre stage.

Episode 1 – Sunday 16th May – 16:45

Episode 2 – Tuesday 18th May – 17:00

Episode 3 – Sunday 30th May – 17:00

Shows will be repeated following their first transmission date; view TV listings for the full schedule.

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

After each episode is aired, viewers will be able to watch the action on the BARC’s YouTube channel whenever they like at the click the button. To subscribe to the Club’s YouTube channel, CLICK HERE.

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

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.

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