Race off? Cup in doubt
Race which attracts thousands in jeopardy
Confusion reigns over the fate of the Spring Cup race event at Oliver’s Mount which is due to be held next weekend. On Tuesday, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU), the governing body for road racing, refused to issue a Course Licence for Oliver’s Mount circuit which means no permit or insurance can be issued for the Spring Cup.
However, organiser Peter Hillaby, of PMH Promotions, which organises events at the circuit alongside Auto 66 Racing, said yesterday that he believed the race could still go ahead.
He said: “We have our fingers crossed, we should know more [today].” When asked why the race has been taken down from the organiser’s website he said it was for “legal” reasons.
The ACU had asked for improvements after several spectators were injured in two crashes during races last year.
“A circuit inspection took place on March 21 as agreed, to find that the organisers had not achieved all the improvements required by that deadline,” the ACU said. “The deadline was extended to March 27 and then further extended to April 6.” Following this it decided it could not grant the licence. Mr Hillaby said the issue was that part of the course is waterlogged and they not been able to put up some secondary fencing.
Racing is in doubt for the Spring Cup