Motorsport returns in the NT
Friday 01 May, 2020
Photo: Tim Nicol Photography
The Northern Territory will become the first state or territory in Australia to see the return of motorsport, with the government specifically confirming motorsport can resume as of 15 May.
Motorsport Australia has been lobbying governments, both state and federal, to achieve this milestone, subject to strict health and safety guidelines that will ensure the safety of everyone involved in any events, including both competitors and officials.
That lobbying has paid off, with the Northern Territory including motorsport as one of a select number of sports given the green light to return later this month.
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport and Commercial Operations Michael Smith said a lot of work had gone on behind the scenes in the past month to ensure this return to racing would be possible.
“We’ve worked closely with Motorsports NT in this case and we are thrilled that motorsport can return as of 15 May in the Northern Territory,” Smith said.
“The return of motorsport to the Territory ahead of some other sports is a terrific show of faith in our plans and we are now looking to make sure that the rest of the country can see a return of events in the near future.
“Our CEO Eugene Arocca, along with many of our hard working staff members, remain in constant contact with governments across the country and hope to be able to see others replicate the Northern Territory’s position in the coming weeks.”
Motorsport Australia’s permits and membership teams stand ready to assist anyone in the Northern Territory planning an event, whether it is competitors needing to renew their licence, or event organisers needing to secure a permit.
Motorsport Australia will provide those event organisers with specific information about how they can ensure participants remain safe and meet any restrictions set out by the Northern Territory Government, which will include the recommendation that participants are utilising the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe App.