CHIEFS at the Scarborough Council have launched a search for a new partner to run motorcycle and sidecar racing events at Oliver’s Mount.
Council officials say they were forced to clarify their stance after recent statements made by the Auto 66 Club, whose licence to run at the circuit has now been terminated.
A council statement reads:
We are disappointed that the Auto 66 club has issued misleading statements to the press about the current situation at Oliver’s Mount. We therefore feel we have been left with no alternative but to clarify our position regarding our discussions with the club and racing at the venue.
On several occasions in the last few months we have made known to the club our concerns about the issues at Oliver’s Mount, particularly regarding safety. We have tried to work closely with the club to try to resolve its outstanding issues, but despite our continued efforts to help, very frustratingly these have not been met with a suitable, responsible commitment from the club. We have offered assistance (including financial), but the club has been unable or unwilling to provide us with suitable business proposals and plans that would give us the confidence and ability to progress such matters.
The Auto-Cycle Union’s (ACU) refusal earlier this year to grant a licence for racing at the venue confirmed our fears that the club had not dealt with the safety requirements required and expected of them. The safety of riders and spectators is of paramount importance to us and combined with subsequent issues at the recent hill climb event, including late cancellation of advertised events and the ongoing negative impact on the venue’s reputation, we have been left with no other choice but to reach the regrettable decision to terminate the club’s licence to operate at the venue.
The high profile, international reputation of the Oliver’s Mount circuit and its value to Scarborough is extremely important to us and we are committed to ensuring that its reputation and racing at the circuit is maintained. Continuing our relationship with the Auto 66 Club would not achieve this. We have therefore already begun discussions with interested parties, including the ACU, who have shown significant interest in helping us, to ensure high quality and safe racing continues to be delivered at the important and historic venue.
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