Amid all the doom and gloom in the world in the past year, positivity has been in short supply. But let's have an upbeat statistic in relation to the 2020 club racing season. Of the 108 English series with comparable data, 55 featured average entries that were either the same or higher than during the 'normality' of 2019.
Yes, there are plenty of caveats to that. The shortened nature of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic meant one bumper grid could skew the averages a little. And the delayed start to the campaign led to an unprecedented clamour to get on track. But, putting all of those considerations to one side, it was still a significant achievement given the economic and health challenges faced during a tough 2020.
"It was a terrible season on the whole and really difficult, but it could've been a lot worse," says British Automobile Racing Club group CEO Ben Taylor. "There's always silver linings to be found and we can take those learnings into 2021."