Spalding Autograss Club hoping for 'as normal a season as possible’
Spalding Autograss Club is hoping its 2021 season will be as ‘normal as possible’ after being scheduled to host a quartet of national qualifiers.
The Hurdletree Bank club saw its campaign last year decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the National Autograss Sporting Association (NASA) has started to put plans in place for a regular flow of action this term.
Four national qualifiers are scheduled to take place at the Spalding club on April 18, May 2, May 16 and June 13.
Further meetings at the club – which are all subject to Government guidelines – have been planned for March 28, August 1 and September 26 as the sport looks to get back on track.
A statement from the NASA said: “We are 100 per cent committed to staging a National Championship for all classes in 2021.
“We just have to pin our hopes on the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ which, although we might not be able to see it now, should be getting a bit brighter by the spring
“Whatever happens, we are confident that we will be able to enjoy a racing season in 2021.
“While the restrictions we worked under in 2020 were hard for some to accept, we have learned a lot from the experience and will be in a much better position to open up to a competitive season for 2021, just as soon as Government restrictions are lifted to an extent that allows grassroots sports to resume.
“We are under no illusions that we are going to be faced with a difficult start to the season – although that’s nothing new for us as only a couple of years ago we recovered to enjoy an excellent season after the first couple of months were wiped out by the weather.
“With all five nations where Autograss takes place currently in full lockdown, we have to anticipate that we’ll be lucky to see restrictions eased much before the end of
“But, after that, we can anticipate changes coming fairly quickly and we think we will be ready.
“The focus for the board since the end of the 2020 season has been to plan for as ‘normal as possible’ a season in 2021.
“By planning a full season, which looks very much like 2020’s programme did at this stage, we will be best placed to take advantage of the easing of restrictions as it happens.
“It will be easier to start with everything planned and in place and then, if necessary, modify our plans to comply with any restrictions forced on us, than it would be to try and pick up momentum as the year progresses.”