Will all drivers and spectators planning an early arrival to the National Weekend on Thursday please note the following strict rules.
As you are aware there is no entry into the actual Stadium until Friday morning, but we do allow queuing from Thursday evening.
Firstly, there will be absolutely NO admission to the outer Common Area at the raceway until 4pm on Thursday afternoon.
Last year, despite a similar announcement to this one, we still had drivers arriving as early as 9am on Thursday morning and parked up on the approach road by the school. This is not acceptable and caused problems not only for us in terms of general vehicle access for deliveries during Thursday, but complaints from residents to Cannock Council that does us no favours at all.
We would suggest that drivers travelling a fair distance will need to park up on the local Motorway services rather than coming close to the Stadium before 4pm.
We are placing a Security person at the Crossroads at the start of the approach road so if any vehicles appear before 4pm on Thursday afternoon, they will be turned away from the site – you will not be allowed to park up on the adjacent roads around the entrance as this will just cause an additional headache. There are currently some local roadworks (see other news item), which means that the local roads will be even more congested than normal.
Please note that any competitors or team personnel giving Security a tough time at this point will mean that you are seriously risking your place at the National Weekend as you may well be told to go home.
At 4pm the approach road will be opened and vehicles will be allowed to form up on the outer Common outside the Main Gate area. We are not allowed to queue vehicles around the outer perimeter road towards the Pit Gate entrance like years ago due to a fire risk, which is a Council decision.
You will be parked specifically on the Common Area so that we can control the order of vehicles.
The area will be Stewarded overnight.
You can sleep in your vehicles, but you are not allowed to pitch any tents on the Common.
Please keep the area free from litter – take it with you and please use the Portaloo toilets provided. There must be no fires or barbeques.
Please note any personnel, drivers or otherwise causing problems will be risking their National Weekend.
Vehicles arriving after 8am on Friday morning will be queued direct to the Pit Gate as we are allowed to queue like any other meeting from that time onwards.
This may seem unfair to those that have arrived overnight, but we do not have any other option in order to allow enough time to get all vehicles in and ready for practice at 2pm.
Drivers should perhaps consider that the ideal time to arrive will be on Friday morning as you may well gain a quicker entry.
Once again, the 'overnighters' on the Common MUST conduct themselves in a respectful manner - POSTIVELY NO FIRES OR BARBECUES and you must keep any noise down to a minimum. Please do not use the Common as a toilet; use your own portable toilets or the ones provided.
You should also be aware of the planned road closures close by the Raceway which are detailed in another news item.
Let's get the 2017 National Weekend off to a great start by being sensible overnight without giving anyone a reason to stop this early arrival agreement for next year.
Have a great time.
Incarace Race Director