Time trials run at MotoFest Coventry later this year will mark Britain’s first competitive closed-road motorsport since 1990 Birmingham Superprix

Competitive motorsport is set to return to a UK city centre for the first time in nearly 30 years.

MotoFest Coventry will stage a time trial in mid-2018, following the Motor Sport Association agreeing to issue a licence for the June 2-3 event after last April’s UK law change permitted closed-roads events.

The last time competitive motorsport featured in a UK city centre was the Birmingham Superprix back in 1990.

Run in conjunction with Coventry City Council, the new trial will take place on a sprint circuit formed by the Coventry Ring Road network. It will feature a series of events comprising various championships run by the British Automobile Racing Club.

First UK city-centre motorsport in 30 years confirmed

James Noble, MotoFest Coventry festival director, said: ‘MotoFest Coventry is very excited and proud to be at the forefront of bringing competitive motorsport back to UK city-centre roads. We have made no secret of our desire to host competitive motorsport on the Coventry Ring Road, and we are now in a position to make this a reality.

‘The MotoFest Coventry team would like to thank the MSA, Coventry City Council and the BARC for all their support and assistance in enabling us to bring competitive motorsport to Coventry, the UK’s spiritual home of motoring.’

He continued: ‘After Coventry’s recent winning of City of Culture status, being the first to host competitive motorsport since the legislation changes is another superb achievement for the city.

‘We look forward to putting on a great show filled with the thrills and excitement you would expect of the UK’s largest free urban motorsport festival.’

Primary legislation providing the framework for closed-road motorsport was passed in the 2015 Deregulation Act. Since then, the MSA has worked closely with the Department for Transport on the secondary legislation required to make this framework available to event organisers.

The MSA and its sister governing body for two-wheel UK motorsport, the Auto-Cycle Union, have been named as the two authorising bodies for closed-road motorsport events from April 2017 onwards.

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