Organisers of The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival have taken the "difficult decision" to limit ticket sales to 4,000 per day.

Amid continuing Covid-19 concerns in parts of West Yorkshire, bosses of the Holmfirth-based event have been in "close consultation" with Kirklees Council over the festival's organisation.

It has been confirmed that the event is still going ahead on Friday, June 25 and will run for three days as planned.

A statement from the organisers said: The Festival organisers, in close consultation with Kirklees council have embraced the wider Covid-19 issues and the ever-changing landscape, taking the difficult decision to limit the sale of tickets to accommodate a maximum of 4,000 per day. This restriction will remain in place regardless of any lifting of Covid-19 restrictions on or before 21st June."

The statement continued: "As a further precaution, the acreage over which the Festival will be staged has been increased, thereby ensuring that, coupled with the restriction on numbers, there will be more than adequate space to ensure that social distancing at the Festival, will not be an issue.

"Recognising the current restrictions, and given that headline acts would attract larger numbers of people, the Festival are no longer offering music-only tickets and will be showcasing local bands and musicians only. Day and Weekend Ticket Holders will have sole access to the live music stage."

Organisers say the reduced numbers mean that instances of bottle-necks will be reduced, thereby helping to ensure social-distancing and the smooth flow of attendees on the day.

Michael McErlain, CEO of the YMSF said: "This is an outside event and we are putting every precaution in place, going the extra mile to ensure that all guidelines are followed and our event is safe for everyone. Of course, we are taking the safety of our guests seriously and ask all visitors to comply with our safety directions.

"Whilst it is a shame to have to limit the event in this way, we believe it to be a socially responsible act and in absolute compliance with current guidelines. In light of this announcement if you do wish to come and enjoy the Festival, we strongly urge you to buy your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment, as we’re currently experiencing a very healthy demand. We have built this event for 10,000 visitors, so the four thousand who are lucky enough to get a ticket will certainly be treated to a spectacular display."

The Yorkshire Motorsport Festival is the first of its kind to the region and is expected to attract motor enthusiasts and festival goers alike.

The Wolfstones Hill Climb is a first for Yorkshire, being the first ever Hill Climb in the county to have road closures put in place, and will be a draw for the diehard petrol heads, with over 80 classic and high profile drivers and vintage cars taking part each day.

Families and enthusiasts alike can enjoy displays of vintage vehicles, trucks, plant machinery, American hot rods, supercars and an extensive engineering village. There is a full line-up of live music, a shopping village, artisan food and drink stalls and fun fair. Demonstrations and activities including car stunts, sheep theatre, Formula One demos, driver simulators and much more will be taking place over the 3 days of the Festival. The aerial display has had to be cancelled due to safety issues and will not be featured this year.

The event is supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who will also have a presence over the weekend.

Road Closure Information

The roads affected by the closures will be:

Wolfstones Road, from Wilshaw Road to Bradshaw Road.

Bradshaw Road, from Wilshaw Road to Thick Hollins Road.

Wilshaw Mill Road, from near the entrance to Australia Farm to Bradshaw Road.

Wickens Lane, from Lower Wickens Farm to Wolfstones Road.

Road closures to enable the preparatory and take-down works required for the Festival, which will still permit access for residents on the closed roads, will be operative from 21st to 24th June 2021, and from 28th to 29th June 2021.

Full road closures for the Festival will be in place for the three days of the Festival from June 25th to 27th 2021, when access for residents will still be available by arrangement.

Diversionary routes will be in place and clearly signposted throughout the full duration of the closures.