The coronavirus pandemic has meant everyone jumping through hoops just to go about their daily lives, and of course it's no different in motorsport. Many felt the pinch last year as events became fewer and harder to do, and competitors struggled for budget. The tremors were felt across the industry, from organisers to manufacturers and suppliers too. We all hope for much better in 2021.
Nevertheless, Radical launched two new cars amid the pandemic - well, one brand-new one and one upgraded one - and Autosport is among the first group of people outside of Radical's inhouse team to be offered a chance to try the new kit out on track. We've been invited to a 'COVID-secure' test day at Bedford Autodrome to see for ourselves what Radical has been up to since the UK first went into coronavirus meltdown back in March 2020.
But first, the hoops. The 'joining instructions' for the event, issued by organiser Motocom on Radical's behalf, run to three sides of A4. Obviously, anyone displaying symptoms, returning from an at-risk country abroad, or asked to isolate by the NHS, can't get near the place, and we all must follow social distancing rules. Face masks are mandatory, arrival times staggered, only one driver per car per session, and both cars are sanitised after each outing (which runs to an hour).