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Oliver’s Mount and the ACU make a promising start

The event organisers and the ACU spent a day at the track to discuss safety updates

EDDIE ROBERTS, Mick Grant and Shaun Dalton, Chairman of the One Nine Four Six Marshals Association and General Secretary of the Two Four Three Road Racing Association, welcomed a visit by ACU officials at Oliver’s Mount last week, in order to start the renovation process of Oliver’s Mount. Both parties spent the day at the iconic venue, the only English road racing circuit, discussing safety proposals for both riders and spectators.

Eddie Roberts, who was responsible for the revival of fortunes at Mallory Park Circuit in recent years, explains. “Safety is an upmost priority and we wanted to get the ACU involved as soon as possible. We’ve been in discussion with them since the end of last year, and Shaun has been working tirelessly throughout. We had a hugely interesting day walking the track and discussing every aspect from marshal positions to safety fencing. We’re keen to work in partnership with the ACU and build a promising future relationship”.

Gary Thompson MBE BEM, General Secretary of the ACU said, “It’s great to see road racing is going to return to Oliver’s Mount, such a traditional venue which has seen some iconic names race there both present and in the past.  The ACU are very supportive of this new venture and will support Mick and Eddie to ensure competitive road racing continues in the safest manner possible. There has to be some changes to improve safety and that is what we are now working towards”.

Representing the newly formed Two Four Three Road Racing Association was the highly experienced and respected Shaun Dalton who has 27 years of experience under his belt “We walked the track with the ACU and went into fine detail, we didn’t leave any stone unturned. We’ve already acted on some recommendations and have the full backing of the local council who will assist in the future. The track will essentially remain the same, the same layout and distance, with improvements for rider and spectator safety”.

Dates for the popular meetings were confirmed back in March, with the Barry Sheene Classic set to celebrate the return of racing to the Course on 27th and 28th July, followed by the always hotly contested Gold Cup in September. The Gold Cup, which has previously seen wins for Guy Martin, Dean Harrison, Mick Grant, Geoff Duke, Barry Sheene, and David Jefferies, takes place from the 27th to the 29th of September.

Fans will be pleased to see ticket prices have been slashed making a weekend at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough even more tempting than before. Prices for both events are as follows: Saturday £20  Sunday £25  Weekend Ticket £40, Advance tickets are available from Duke on 01624 640024 or online at  www.dukevideo.com/oliversmount.

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