SKOPE Classic could still see the green flag despite New Zealand’s Covid-19 red light shining
The SKOPE Classic was canceled this weekend but could still take place in April.
Even with the red light on, the green flag could still fall on the SKOPE Classic 2022.
The 32nd edition of the classic and historic motor racing event, which has a reputation in the world of motorsport, was due to be held on its traditional Waitangi weekend date, but the government’s move to setting Covid red lights -19, last month, forced its cancellation.
One of the largest classic and historic car racing events in the southern hemisphere, more than 240 entries had been received for the event, held at Mike Pero Motorsport Park on the outskirts of Christchurch, at the time of its cancellation.
The red light setting limited mass gatherings to 100 people and Canterbury Car Club chief executive Mark Wederell said that with up to 1,000 people – excluding spectators – in the pit area alone, it was impossible given the short time frame to safely hold an event in 100 bubbles of people. .
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“We didn’t think we were able to handle those 1,000 people,” Wederell said. Things.
Not being able to stage its flagship event on the calendar was a difficult decision for Canterbury Car Club, but despite the disappointment, Wederell confirmed Things that there are tentative plans to reschedule the SKOPE Classic 2022 for April.
No date was set, but he was optimistic it could be confirmed fairly soon.
Unfortunately, a rescheduled event is unlikely to be open to spectators, but Wederell has confirmed Things the CCC is already in talks about the possibility of a live stream to allow racing fans to watch the popular event from afar.
The number of entries would also be down, Wederell expecting around 140.
Competitors and their crew would be separated into different bubbles of 100 with between 4 and 500 people in the pit area.
“We think with a bit of time we can manage well,” Wederell said.
Importantly, the event would retain its two most popular classes as well as many unique and historic cars that form an important part of New Zealand motorsport history.
“The positive thing is that as of the April date, we still got historic touring cars and Formula 5000s,” Wederell said.
The SKOPE Classic started in 1991 as BP Alfa before becoming the PDL Motor Racing Classic and then being renamed under its current title.
Due to the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) situation in New Zealand, international riders have been barred from the event in 2021 and 2022, but it is hoped they will start returning from 2023.
However, last year’s event drew the largest entry roster in the nine years Wederell has been in charge of the event, only domestic competitors.
At the 30th Anniversary Meeting in 2020, international drivers from Canada, England and Australia competed, including well-known touring car names such as Jim and Steven Richards, Paul Radisich and Greg Murphy.