Race off? Cup in doubt

Race which at­tracts thou­sands in jeop­ardy

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - by carl gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @carl­gav­aghan

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

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