THE drive by spectators to watch top-class racing and experience time on track has delighted Knockhill Racing Circuit.

Stuart Gray, events director at Scotland's national motorsport centre, has been thrilled by the response of the public to support events at the track following the easing of lockdown restrictions in the summer.

Fans were able to return to watch the action – in limited numbers – in June before, in August, the circuit's flagship round of the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship, which was won by Ash Sutton, was able to welcome crowds of up to 10,000.

That, and the appetite by members of the public to take part in track days or driving experiences, have got them "through the hardship of being closed for so many months during the first and second lockdown".

Speaking to Press Sport, Stuart explained: "It's been pretty intense. We didn't get going until June, and then it was absolutely relentless from then on.

"I think the good thing is we didn't have a lost season; we had a delayed one. Everything, or most things, happened, just in a condensed way. Had we not been released from beyond level zero in August, that would have been a very different picture because we moved beyond level zero on the Monday and then we had touring cars on the Sunday with a full crowd. That was the lifesaver for us on the sporting side.

"It was delivered, (we had) a great crowd, great racing, and onwards and upwards for the rest of the season. It went well.

"The fans came back, which is great. We had no crowds, or very limited crowds until June, and then full crowds in August, so it was a long time for people to be away. The other return was people wanting to go on track, whether it was car track days, bike track days or driving experiences.

"They've been really strong as well on their return. It's really helped us get through the hardship of being closed for so many months during the first and second lockdowns."

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