LY­D­DEN HILL WON’T RUN CLUB RACE MEET­INGS

No cir­cuit rac­ing events for 2016 af­ter new noise or­der

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Ly­d­den Hill Cir­cuit is not sched­uled to hold any club race events this sea­son.

A com­bi­na­tion of ris­ing costs due to an Fia-re­quired mul­ti­mil­lion pound im­prove­ment and a new noise abate­ment or­der has made it dif­fi­cult for clubs to host events at the Kent track.

Last year, just two club meet­ings were sched­uled at the venue, both or­gan­ised by the BARC’S South East Cen­tre. One of those events was can­celled be­cause of the ris­ing costs.

Now the in­tro­duc­tion of a 100-deci­bel noise limit from the lo­cal coun­cil has pre­vented the club from re­turn­ing. Ly­d­den for­merly had a limit of 105db.

“The noise limit makes it dif­fi­cult,” said BARC SE’S com­pe­ti­tions sec­re­tary Rod Bir­ley. “The new limit is con­sid­er­ably lower and is a re­duc­tion of about 30 per cent.

“Driv­ers won’t pay to mod­ify their cars for just a sin­gle round, es­pe­cially when they have to buy Front Head Re­straint [or HANS] devices this sea­son. We love Ly­d­den, and in mod­ern rac­ing if a venue isn’t used it closes and we don’t want that. We’d love to re­turn in 2017, but some hur­dles have to be re­moved first.”

Ly­d­den’s noise re­stric­tion does have a three-day ex­cep­tion, mean­ing the world RX round is safe. But the track’s cal­en­dar oth­er­wise is sparse. Track bosses have sub­mit­ted a fur­ther plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for ad­di­tional de­vel­op­ments as they hope to di­ver­sify ac­tiv­i­ties to gen­er­ate ad­di­tional in­come.

Track head Pat Do­ran told MN: “We’ve been work­ing with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and com­mu­nity to try and get the best for ev­ery­one, but the noise abate­ment or­der was a big thing as it has re­duced what we can do.

“I think we can find a way for­ward and the club race meet­ings can re­turn. We in­vited ev­ery­one to come and we’re cer­tainly not turn­ing peo­ple away [from run­ning events].” Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Kerry Dun­lop and Rob Lad­brook. Ly­d­den’s new fight, page 26

BARC SE ran last event at Ly­d­den

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