Gold Cup: Racing abandoned after incidents involving spectators

In Auto 66, News, Oliver's Mount, Roads

OLIVER’S Mount chiefs have made the difficult decision to abandon today’s Steve Henshaw International Gold Cup after two separate racing incidents.

This morning’s Gold Cup qualifying session was cut short after an incident at Drury’s Hairpin involving one rider and three spectators, in which the police force and air ambulance were called in to both support and investigate.

After the combined Lightweight/Ultra-Lightweight and David Jefferies Cup Junior A race, the Junior B racers took to the grid for their six lap race.

But action was curtailed once again when another incident occurred at the same place on the circuit, Drury’s, prompting red flags after just one lap was completed.

A statement was issued trackside:

“Today we have had 2 serious incidents involving a number of spectators.

Our medical personnel, together with the marshals and officials of the club, local police, nhs, ambulance staff and helimeds have treated all the injured.

In view of the seriousness of these incidents and our requirements to call on outside assistance to help with this treatment, we have reluctantly taken the advice of everyone concerned and have decided to cancel the rest of the meeting.

We sincerely apologise to you all for taking this decision and hope you will understand our difficulties in this unprecedented situation.

We wish you all a safe journey home.”

*Image: UK Clubsport

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