FREE NEWSLETTER

Brexit means “minor things will become major issues” warns Motorsport UK chairman

5 March 2019

In an exclusive interview with RACE TECH magazine, David Richards, chairman of both Prodrive and Motorsport UK warns of the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on the UK’s motorsport industry.

The former chairman of Aston Martin also criticises the “devastatingly incompetent” manner in which the divorce arrangements have been handled and highlights that the ongoing lack of certainty has forced companies working in motorsport to make difficult, and potentially expensive choices. Teams and organisations are, for example, having to weigh whether to divert resources to develop contingency plans which may never come to bear, or continue to instead focus on the business of winning races and risk being caught out when the UK does finally leave the EU.

Richards also cautioned that irrespective of planning, there is the chance that small pieces of seemingly insignificant legislation could turn out to be crucial to the smooth running of an international motorsports outfit, warning that “minor things will become major issues”.

In the interview, Richards, who is “yet to find any” positives stemming from the UK’s break from Europe also highlights other likely effects which could damage the UK’s place as a centre of excellence for motorsport engineering. From the everyday issues such as the potential transport problems in and out of the Continent and the requirement for carnets and other paperwork, to the wider-ranging issues such as the UK’s influence over the world of motorsport, the migration of skills out of the UK and less participation in British motorsport at a grassroots level.

Read the full interview in the April issue of Race Tech.

Partners

Latest issue

FREE Newsletter

Stay up to date and a chance to win 1 Years Subscription*

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Latest Tweets

Stay up to date with our social world

RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
21 May
A quick reminder that #earlybirdtickets to the RACE TECH #WorldMotorsport Symposium on the 3/4 December @TheIET wi… https://t.co/WHOglh6UZn
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
21 May
Motorsport world mourns Lauda's passing https://t.co/3FNKhJlNK5
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
21 May
We were so sad to hear the news of Niki’s passing. Our thoughts our with his family #NikiLauda #RIPNiki #F1 https://t.co/UGrq3efiSs
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
20 May
McLaren and Alonso will not race in the 2019 Indy 500 https://t.co/fU12OgqJ51
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
19 May
IndyCar’s engineering opportunities tempts DragonSpeed to reduce endurance racing programme https://t.co/IsTE91aqkh
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
17 May
What to expect from Roborace 2019 @roborace - watch full video here https://t.co/Fps8ONVm9n https://t.co/ExnmbJqY8Q
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 May
Look out for our F1 expert @ScarbsTech tackling the thorny question on 'Spec parts: killing F1, or rescuing it?' in… https://t.co/hwnSlXgkLJ
RACE TECH magazine @RaceTechmag
16 May
Entries now open for the RACE TECH Spirit of Formula Student Award 2019 @FormulaStudent @teamauj #STEM #Motorsporthttps://t.co/6M6QHfsCjh