UK-based race categories are quickly abandoning plans to be at the Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix following the latest UK government rulings on foreign travel.
This morning (17 August), both the Historic Sports Car Club and the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association have withdrawn their categories from the 4-6 September event. Over the weekend, the UK government added the Netherlands to the list of countries that would require a 14-day quarantine upon return to the UK.
The annual Zandvoort Historic Grand Prix has quickly grown to be one of the most popular historic racing festivals in Europe. However, this year's event is now being severely impacted by the rise of coronavirus cases in the Netherlands. UK-based race series account for more than half of the weekend's intended programme.
The HSCC's Historic Formula 2 and Historic Formula 3 races have been cancelled, while the HGPCA has also dropped its scheduled Pre '66 Grand Prix car races. Masters Historic Racing were due to take five grids and more news on its plans is awaited. UK-based Historic F2 racers are now being invited to switch its plans to the HSCC's Oulton Park Gold Cup on 29-31 August.
HSCC CEO Andy Dee-Crowne said: "We're extremely disappointed to have to make this decision but there is no chance of UK competitors being able to travel to Zandvoort in less than two weeks. The well-being our of teams and drivers is the most important consideration."