The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) has joined Racing Pride as its latest Industry Partner ahead of the 2020 season.
The BARC is one of the biggest motorsport organisations in the United Kingdom, with a rich and illustrious history that spans more than 100 years. Today, the BARC is responsible for organising more than 35 championships and upwards of 60 race meetings each year. The BARC championships represent a diverse cross-section of motorsport, ranging from the British Touring Car Championship to the Britcar Dunlop Endurance Championship, the Motorsport UK British Hillclimb Championship and the UK Sports Prototype Cup, to name just a few. Alongside existing Industry Partners 750 Motor Club and the British Racing & Sports Car Club, this means that Racing Pride will reach in excess of 80 series in British motorsport in 2020 – its first full year after launching in June 2019.
An official statement from the BARC announcing the partnership read: “The British Automobile Racing Club is delighted to announce its support of the Racing Pride movement…Racing Pride stickers will be made available to competitors at all BARC meetings who wish to show their personal support, whether as LGBTQ+ people themselves or as allies. In addition, the BARC will also lend its backing to Racing Pride initiatives on social media, via the website and through its other communications channels.”
To find out more information about the BARC, including a full list of its Championships and events calendars, head to https://www.barc.net/.
“Motorsport is regularly held up as one of the most inclusive activities around, but the sport has perhaps become a bit complacent in that regard.
“No one should have to hide who they are and we are proud to reaffirm that the BARC welcomes everyone to its motorsport family, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or other discriminatory reasons.
“It does us all good to take a step back and ensure that we are doing everything we can to make a positive difference in this respect.”
Ben Taylor, BARC Group Chief Executive
“I am very proud of our new partnership with BARC, which marks another significant step for Racing Pride. We will now reach over eighty championships across UK motorsport in 2020. It is fantastic to see an increasing number of organisations wishing to work with us and be part of our cause of LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the motorsport community.”
Christopher Sharp, Racing Pride Co-Founder and Media Ambassador
“It is great to see two organisations which I am so passionate about coming together to promote inclusivity in motorsport and to see more organisations working with Racing Pride. I cannot wait to be involved in joint projects between Racing Pride and the BARC moving forward!”
Josh Bennett, BARC Clerk of the Course and Racing Pride Industry Ambassador
“It’s wonderful to see Britain’s most prestigious Clubs, such as BARC, supporting the Racing Pride initiative and reaffirming their belief that motorsport can, and should, be for everyone. I really hope the BARC’s members will get behind this too and add their own support by running the stickers and helping to spread Racing Pride’s message. It makes all the difference for LGBTQ+ people within the sport, and in society more broadly, to have such visible support from allies as well as from within the LGBTQ+ community itself.”
Richard Morris, Racing Pride Co-Founder and Driver Ambassador