Motofest Coventry is back and staging time trialling at this year's event, giving the go-ahead for the return of competitive motorsport to a UK city centre for the first time in almost 30 years.
The event will be held on 2/3 June, with a series of time trial events taking place on the unique city centre sprint circuit carved out of Coventry's Ring Road.
Motofest Coventry will be the first time that competitive motorsport has been hosted on a UK city centre circuit since the Birmingham Super Prix in 1990, after the Motor Sport Association (MSA) agreed to issue a license for Motofest Coventry 2018, now the largest free urban motorsport festival in the UK.
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 motorsports to Coventry, the UK’s spiritual home of motoring.
“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.”
Councillor Abdul Khan, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Responsible for Events, said:
“I’m delighted to see the return of Motofest in June as it has become one of the major events in the city’s calendar.
“It’s doubly exciting this year with the fact that Coventry, the spiritual home of the motor car, will be staging time trialling which means the return of competitive motorsport to a UK city centre for the first time since the Birmingham Superprix in 1990.
“We know from previous years that the event is popular right across the country and the city will enjoy a massive boost in terms of additional economic benefits by welcoming thousands of extra visitors to Coventry.
“Hosting innovative and enjoyable events such as this is yet another great example of why we’re proud to be called the UK City of Culture 2021.”
The two-day festival is dedicated to the city's motoring heritage and will host a range of automotive activities from pop-up and demonstration events, to static displays and fringe events.
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