1st Tickets Statement on Coronavirus

1st Tickets Statement on Coronavirus

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chum racing

Original Poster:

298 posts

159 months

Monday 2nd March
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Potential Impact of Coronavirus:


The virus, and its unforeseen impact, has come out of the blue and is something that we could not have prepared for. All we can do is give you the facts available and point you in the direction of further information to help you make an informed decision as to whether or not to travel.

At this stage there is no indication that events at Le Mans and/or Spa Francorchamps will be affected by the current Coronavirus outbreak. However, we are monitoring travel advice updates from the UK Government Foreign Office and NaTHNaC plus the ACO about the event. If there is any significant update, we will let you know.

If the situation changes and FCO issues a travel advisory advising against all but essential travel to a whole country or island, customers of ABTA Members who have booked package holidays to that destination for the period that the advice is in force will be entitled to receive suitable alternative arrangements, or where these aren’t available, a full refund of all monies paid to the tour operator. Customers may be able to recover the refund from their travel insurance, but if this is not the case, the tour operator must provide a refund. Unfortunately you won’t be entitled to any additional compensation, as the reason for the holiday not continuing is outside the control of 1st Tickets Limited.

In the meantime, please do ensure that everyone in your group has adequate travel insurance and a valid European health insurance card ( EHIC) as this will allow access to state-provided healthcare in EEA countries, at a reduced cost, or sometimes for free. The EHIC, however, is not an alternative to travel insurance.

You can, of course, choose to cancel your trip at any time, however termination charges as per our Booking Conditions will apply.

If there is a significant change to the travel guidelines or an update about the events from the ACO and/or Peter Auto, we will keep you updated.

Useful Links:
UK Government – Foreign Office
www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice where you can subscribe to travel advice updates on a country by country basis
www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronaviru...

NaTHNaC
https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/498/novel-coro...
https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/499/novel-coro...

ABTA
https://www.abta.com/news/coronavirus-outbreak - general advice for travellers

Brian Sheehan
Managing Director

1st Tickets Limited
Registered Office: Bedford i-Lab, Priory Business Park,
Stannard Way, Bedford, MK44 3RZ
Registered in England and Wales No: 06408068
Vat Registration No: GB 921 3460 53




ferrus

38 posts

15 months

Monday 2nd March
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I appreciate the post.

I received the balance statement from 1st Tickets today, and still have a number of transport and accommodation items still to book.
Yet even with the uncertainty of whether the event will take place, and how much I could stand to lose - we should recognise the pressure others must be under right now.

The ticket agencies, local businesses and not forgetting - the local population around Le Mans, that face the prospect of having a quarter of a million people from around the globe descending on them, during a cross-border health crisis. And yet knowing that their attendance provides so much to the local economy.

I'm going to carry on with the travel plans until told otherwise, but really - I think we have to hope that the virus outbreak is contained soon.

Kev_Mk3

1,775 posts

48 months

Monday 2nd March
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I shall still make the trip if the race goes on or not

LawrieC

159 posts

57 months

Monday 2nd March
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Thanks Brian

We'll just have to wait and see - and we thought Brexit was going to cock things up

wsn03

1,113 posts

54 months

Monday 2nd March
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Brian is Moto 24 under threat? Im booked aside from grandstand tickets

chum racing

Original Poster:

298 posts

159 months

Monday 2nd March
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wsn03 said:
Brian is Moto 24 under threat? Im booked aside from grandstand tickets
Not that I am aware of yet, but will keep an eye on it too

wsn03

1,113 posts

54 months

Tuesday 3rd March
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chum racing said:
wsn03 said:
Brian is Moto 24 under threat? Im booked aside from grandstand tickets
Not that I am aware of yet, but will keep an eye on it too
Thanks Brian, I'll get in touch for tickets once we know

PW555

67 posts

37 months

Tuesday 3rd March
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Thanks Brian

As far as we are concerned we are all still fully intending to attend.

Balance settled over the weekend btw.

Regards
Paul Wallis

lowdrag

10,361 posts

166 months

Tuesday 3rd March
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Well posted Brian. I still hope we shall be able to meet up. Tony However, it is only fair to warn people that the first case of the coronavirus at Le Mans was announced in this morning's newspaper.

gt6

1,276 posts

138 months

Tuesday 3rd March
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The ACO could follow advice and ban all italian teams and cars, i think the Aston, porsche and corvette teams would like that. So one case of Covid19 but how many people have died or ordinary flu in Le mans this year so far. Still panic is a human nature

chum racing

Original Poster:

298 posts

159 months

Wednesday 11th March
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Unfortunately the Moto 24h has been postponed until 5th - 6th September.

THE "24 HEURES MOTOS" POSTPONED TO 5 AND 6 SEPTEMBER 2020

All purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates

LawrieC

159 posts

57 months

Wednesday 11th March
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Thanks, but I'd pencilled that in for the 24h Auto

lowdrag

10,361 posts

166 months

Wednesday 11th March
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Off topic, but SWMBO's sabbatical trip to Jordan at the end of April was cancelled today.

mstrbkr

7,353 posts

151 months

Friday 13th March
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Well, in for a penny and all that. This weekend we shall be paying the remaining balance for our PH enclosure ticket package at the Classic. Considered pulling out, but on balance decided that if the event is running and there's no travel ban, then it is safe and we'll go. I don't envy any tour operator at the moment.

MrC986

2,591 posts

144 months

Friday 13th March
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mstrbkr said:
Well, in for a penny and all that. This weekend we shall be paying the remaining balance for our PH enclosure ticket package at the Classic. Considered pulling out, but on balance decided that if the event is running and there's no travel ban, then it is safe and we'll go. I don't envy any tour operator at the moment.
I’m in the same position. The 24 hr and Classic events are 3 months or more away & a lot can happen in that time. The Classic bookings are apparently very strong given the every other year frequency. By using an agent, at least we have the peace of mind of event cancellation though I hope we never get to test it.

mikeN54

546 posts

134 months

Friday 13th March
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Yep, we're paying in full tonight for the PH camping at the 24h.

They're an ABTA agent, we have insurance and we're paying on a credit card. If its cancelled or official advice is not to go, we'll be covered.

See you there thumbup

Edited by mikeN54 on Friday 13th March 21:13

chum racing

Original Poster:

298 posts

159 months

Tuesday 17th March
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This update is based on the information made available to us via the ACO and their website

So far, the following events on the FIA WEC & ACO calendars have been impacted by the virus:

Event Series Location Action Original Date Revised Date
1000 Miles of Sebring WEC Florida, United States Cancelled 18-20 March N/A
4 Hours of Barcelona ELMS Barcelona, Spain Postponed 4-5 April TBA
Moto 24 Hours FIM EWC Le Mans, France Postponed 18-19 April 5-6 Sept
Total 6 Hours of Spa WEC Spa Francorchamps, Belgium Postponed 23-25 April TBA
4 Hours of Monza ELMS Monza, Italy Postponed 9-10 May TBA


In a question and answer session published on the Lemans.org news feed, ACO President, Pierre Fillon gave more insight about when a decision would be made about the Le Mans 24 Hours ( read the full article) :

A few days ago, you announced the postponement of the 24H Motos and published a list of cancelled events scheduled for March and April. The start of the European Le Mans Series has been put back too. Two rounds of the World Endurance Championship, Sebring and Spa, are also affected. What about the 24 Hours of Le Mans this June?

We postponed the 24H Motos because the date was looming, and it was better to give teams and spectators ample warning. The race was scheduled for April – just a few weeks away – and we had very little doubt as to how the situation would evolve. We chose to give everyone plenty of notice. Following the government announcements, we cancelled or postponed other events scheduled for March and April.

For the 24 Hours of Le Mans (13-14 June 2020), we are monitoring the situation and following instructions issued by the authorities. We shall announce our decision on 15 April. Whatever happens, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will go ahead this year.

At this stage we all need to wait until the 15th April to find out more about the 24 Hours and we will keep updating our website as, and when, more information becomes available.

For the Spa Classic and Le Mans Classic, we have asked the event organisers similar questions and are waiting to hear. We continue to work on the basis that they will go ahead as planned, whilst working on our contingency plans in case they are postponed to later on in the year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for their support, loyalty and kind words during what is a difficult period for everyone.

Stay safe

Brian Sheehan
Managing Director

1st Tickets Limited
Registered Office: Bedford i-Lab, Priory Business Park,
Stannard Way, Bedford, MK44 3RZ
Registered in England and Wales No: 06408068
Vat Registration No: GB 921 3460 53





Edited by chum racing on Tuesday 17th March 17:29

wsn03

1,113 posts

54 months

Friday 27th March
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Hi Brian
Do you not accept connections on LinkedIn from your customers? I can't message you on there and can't get through on the phone - sorry but that's put nose out of joint as I'm on the verge of buying tickets from you


lowdrag

10,361 posts

166 months

Friday 27th March
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Buying tickets for what? September? The Classic? For goodness sake, people are so tied down answering calls that people can't get through. We were stuck last week in Mauritius, our flight arbitrarily cancelled by Air France. Could we speak to our travel agent? Could we get hold of Air France? Not on your life we couldn't. It was only because SWMBO's son works for Air France that we got home. Looking at the situation there now I am damned glad to be back in my little home in the forest. I think you are being too harsh in your judgement given the situation as it is. If the Italian situation is, as they say, some weeks in front of the UK situation we shall be in lockdown for several months more, and who can blame people for looking after themselves and their families in these circumstances. Have a little faith and a lot more patience!

MrC986

2,591 posts

144 months

Friday 27th March
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wsn03 said:
Hi Brian
Do you not accept connections on LinkedIn from your customers? I can't message you on there and can't get through on the phone - sorry but that's put nose out of joint as I'm on the verge of buying tickets from you
1st Tickets website has an email on it I believe.....info@1st-tickets.co.uk.