It was a day I wish I hadn’t witnessed. I’ve only ever known the British Touring Car Championship for its buzz, bustle and brilliance; the fan-fuelled razzle-dazzle that signals the arrival of our most popular motor sporting circus. Yet here I was, my footsteps echoing through the vast complex of Silverstone’s ‘Wing’, a facility designed to thrive as it throngs but now left soulless in the absence of any public attendance.
As with most sporting events, the Coronovirus pandemic (COVID-19) has put a halt to proceedings at least until May, with the first three events postponed – Donington Park (March 28/29), Brands Hatch (April 11/12) and Silverstone (April 25/26).
And the hiatus facing every part of daily life overwhelmed any headline performances on track, or welcomed additions / returns off it. Nevertheless, for when normality returns, organisers, teams and drivers set-about showcasing the product of months of intense investment and effort. It should have been a fitting foreword for the drama yet to come, instead I now fear that not all will return for the opening chapter as budgets get recast and sponsors reset their priorities.
So let’s start where we hope to continue and showcase 20 of our favourite images from the day.
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* * *Images: Steve Hindle (The Black Stuff).