The Bemsee Board has spent some time considering how we recognise Championships in this restricted 2020 season.
For those riders who are in a position to be able to afford to race in our remaining events in 2020 the maximum number of rounds anyone can do is 4 - including the March Brands round that we were able to get away before Lockdown.
At best it's only half a season and and the financial constraints of the pandemic have left many riders in a situation where they cannot afford to compete in a Championship - something out of their control.
Our 2020 Championship winners will deserve some recognition though - The Board has decided therefore to celebrate the 2020 Championship winners with the publication of a year end set of Championship tables with the winners receiving a Championship trophy.
As we have previously announced there is to be no formal dinner dance and prize-giving event this season and so our annual trophies (the ones riders keep for just the year) will not be physically awarded in 2020. Each Championship winner though will have their name engraved on the respective Championship trophy, so their achievement is recorded for all-time.
We plan to produce an award for each Championship 1st Place only and arrange to post that with any relevant sponsor cheques after the closed season.
The Board felt on balance this was a reasonable and appropriate approach to a difficult situation.
Rookies in our 2020 Championships will be allowed to retain Rookie status and re-enter their respective rookie series in 2021.
AMMENDMENT JAN 7th:
We are persuaded to reconsider and clarify this position as there are a number of riders from the 2020 rookie championships who are good enough, without question, to move up to their respective Clubman level for 2021.
Some conversations with riders concerned have taken place on a case-by-case basis - it is important that new riders into our sport, in their first season, are not discouraged or disadvantaged by this rule and that a move to ask our top rookie riders to move on would be in the spirit of fair play at Bemsee.
Those who finish in the top 3 of the Clubman 600 and 1000 Championships will be allowed to retain Clubman status and re-enter their respective Clubman competitions again in 2021.