FANS of Oulton Park are just over 1000 signatures away from completing a petition that could sway the local council towards run evening and night races.
The petition, which launched in early October last year, aims to relax the curfew at the Cheshire circuit. Campaign organisers say they want to allow four late-running days per season, beginning at 8:30 and shutting down by 23:00.
They also hope that Cheshire West and Chester Council will permit the running of a 24-hour race at Oulton, which would begin at 9am and run through dark, making night racing an integral part of the action.
Petitioners have racked up nearly 9,000 signatures out of the targeted 10,000, some expressing excitement at night competition and others voicing frustration at the existing restrictions.
Robert Gilham said: “Oulton Park has been a race circuit for over 70 years. There can be few people that live near there that were not aware of its existence when they moved there, so its function should be accepted by the locals.”
Steve Smith added: “The circuit has been there for years and it provides a great service. People know it’s there, so why buy a house next to it and complain about noise? Would you buy a house next to Manchester Airport and then complain about the noise from aeroplanes?”
As with many tracks, Oulton Park limits its allocated running days based on noise levels and times agreed to by both circuit officials and the local council.
*Image: Steve Snelling