Classic Racer - - PADDOCK GOSSIP -

The cre­ation of the South­ern 100 Club’s new race con­trol head­quar­ters has moved a step closer with help from its long-time spon­sor, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany. Club of­fi­cials have taken de­liv­ery of cladding for the fa­cil­ity, which will be sit­u­ated at the start-fin­ish area of the Co­las Bil­lown Cir­cuit area on the Castle­town By­pass. Af­ter an ap­proach from the South­ern 100 Club, haulier Manx In­de­pen­dent Car­ri­ers (MIC) ar­ranged for the cladding to be col­lected for de­liv­ery to the is­land. As ti­tle spon­sor of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany In­ter­na­tional South­ern 100 Road Races for the past two decades, the com­pany as­sisted the club by ship­ping it to Dou­glas free of charge be­fore MIC com­pleted the journey by de­liv­er­ing the spe­cially man­u­fac­tured ma­te­rial to Castle­town. The race con­trol is the hub of race meet­ings as it is home to the clerk of the course and his deputies, the chief time­keeper and his team, chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer, course com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer, start line of­fi­cials and event broad­cast part­ner Manx Ra­dio with its ‘an­chor’ com­men­ta­tor and team. It will be fully fit­ted out and ready for use by Easter 2019. South­ern 100 chair­man Ge­orge Peach said: “It’s nat­u­rally im­per­a­tive for our race meet­ings that we have a fully work­ing race con­trol and the for­mer por­ta­ble build­ings served us well but had come to their end of work­ing lives. The new set-up also has a stair­case in­side, which makes it more se­cure and was an­other rea­son why we had to in­vest in a new con­trol hub. “Once again we would like to thank the Steam Packet Com­pany and Manx In­de­pen­dent Car­ri­ers for help­ing us out and de­liv­er­ing the cladding to us. Their sup­port is in­valu­able.” Michael Cole­man, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Manx In­de­pen­dent Car­ri­ers, added: “The South­ern 100 races are a great as­set to the is­land and we are pleased to help the com­mit­tee in any way we can.” Isle of Man Steam Packet Com­pany chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Wood­ward said: “Ev­ery­one at the South­ern 100 works in­cred­i­bly hard to put the races on. We’re proud to have been ti­tle spon­sor since 1999 and al­ways keen to help the or­gan­is­ers when we can. “The new race con­trol head­quar­ters will al­low the will­ing band of of­fi­cials and vol­un­teers to con­tinue their work, which is tes­ta­ment to the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of racing at Bil­lown. It is clear the South­ern 100 is grow­ing and a real as­set to the Isle of Man’s vis­i­tor econ­omy.”

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