Donate Monday 07 December 2020 08:00 Santa Pod Raceway

COVID -19 Statement from Santa Pod CEO – Keith Bartlett

As we move into the winter season, which would still normally be a very active time for the management and staff of Santa Pod Raceway, we are now facing the most difficult period we have had over the last 25 years. It is hard to believe that’s how long I have now owned Santa Pod Raceway.

As we come into the closed season and with the second national lockdown in full swing things are very tough indeed. Except for online merchandise sales, income has stopped again, so I am in no doubt that this will be for all of us our hardest winter period of all time. With the first Lockdown closing the venue for over 3 months between March and July directly after the previous winter closed season, the reality is that Santa Pod Raceway will have been through the equivalent of three winter closed periods all within the space of 15 months. A normal winter period is hard enough but in financial terms, three in a row is almost beyond belief…

With the current national lockdown still in effect and restrictions likely to continue for some time, it makes the planning for 2021 very difficult. However, with that said, we are working on a more “normal” calendar with the aim of releasing our 2021 dates before Christmas. This is, of course, far later than any previous years when the calendar would normally already be announced, and tickets would already be on sale!

In writing this statement, I would like to thank every single person who has attended one of Santa Pod’s small events this year or purchased merchandise or indeed made a donation via our ticket shop. The whole experience has been very humbling indeed.

A key part of our survival so far has been due to our loyal fans and customers opting for ticket credits on advance tickets that were purchased prior to this situation. Without that support, we would have had a battle on our hands far worse than what we have just gone through and Santa Pod may not have made it this far.

Whether it be from our regular fans or first time visitors, the huge support we have seen has given myself and the whole management team the strength and determination to continue to fight through this Covid-19 pandemic despite all the restrictions and financial losses that we have incurred. I must also thank the racers, teams and our sponsors too for their incredible dedication and patience during this time; your loyalty is why I have remained in this sport for so long and why, despite the cliché, I will always see us as one big family.

So now, as we try to endure the toughest winter of all, we sincerely hope the support can continue. Remember that our merchandise and gift voucher sales will be more important than ever, so in the run up to Christmas, please visit the Santa Pod Shop for some exciting new gift ideas! Mine’s the new Christmas Jumper please?

On behalf of everyone at Santa Pod Raceway I sincerely hope that you all stay safe and we can’t wait to see you back at the track next year.

Any donations made here will receive a “Print at Home” Thank You Certificate via email. We cannot express our gratitude enough but together – we will continue to race again.
Keith Bartlett (CEO) and the Santa Pod Team.

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