Peter Hillaby update by Stevie Rial

The weekend of the 21st & 22nd April 2018 brought together friends, fans, riders, marshals and media all showing their support for Oliver’s Mount racing, it was a fantastic turn out, creating a memorable atmosphere.  Documentation was read by many regarding the situation at Oliver’s Mount.

In October 2017 an enquiry was held regarding the incidents at the ‘Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup Races’ in September 2017, the outcome was declared                                                                                           ‘members of the club and additional services were praised for their professionalism and the way the incidents had been dealt with.’

During late October, a directive by the insurers to the ACU stipulated a risk assessment to be carried out at all Road Race Circuits, Oliver’s Mount’s inspection was undertaken by the ACU.                                                                                                                                                   On the 11th January 2018 a working plan, set up in 3 phases and agreed to be completed over the coming years, all work agreed has been dealt with, leaving only 2-3 areas needing verification onsite by the ACU.                                                                                                                                                                 Discussion with the ACU about the many alterations required continued and was addressed again during a site visit on Wednesday 21st March 2018, the main points; placing of bales at Esses In and boarding of bales positions at Drurys.  Work started immediately, members worked over that weekend, ensuring all the work were completed by the following Monday evening, plus Oliver’s Mount expressed they held adequate Recticel to cover the areas involved.

Subsequently an ACU inspector’s report was produced which indicated the ACU’s disappointment, stating their reasons; un-completed work along with no additional Recticel purchased.

Every effort and further appeals for reconciliation with the ACU from Oliver’s Mount, along with support from George Peach at the Southern 100 club in the Isle of Man, allowing the use of 10 of their club’s Recticel bales but again the attempt failed.

The club are disappointed with the outcome having put in so much hard work.                                                                                      It is a distressing time for everyone involved with road racing, but be assured everything that can be done is being done, to make everything ready for the next Oliver’s Mount road race meeting.

The club are working with all concerned for the future of road racing in England.

 

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