Track repairs and straw bales: The latest from Aintree

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AINTREE Motorcycle Racing Club looks to be inching closer to a return to action after chiefs issued updates on work today.

As UK Clubsport revealed in Issue 19 late last summer, organisers have been grafting behind the scenes for months to get racing restarted for 2021.

Chairman Dave Edwards offered a further update in November of last year, revealing that track protection upgrades were needed and chiefs were looking for ways to raise funds to front the costs.

And today, director Paul Buxton shared the latest announcement in which he gave a brief update on where progress sits currently.

“There is ongoing dialogue with Aintree Motorcycle Racing Club – Liverpool Motor Club and The Jockey club [regarding track repairs],” he said.

“This progress has been slow due to coronavirus and budget restraints at The Jockey club.

“[Regarding new protection,] the use of straw bales is coming to the end of its life in the ACU regulations. Our safety officer is looking into this and getting various quotes from suppliers and confirming the specification with the ACU.”

Aintree club racers haven’t hit the Grand National circuit since late 2018, ahead of the cancellation of the entire 2019 season.

But after a more than two year hiatus, bikes could soon be firing back up at the north west’s equine favourite.

Stay tuned to UK Clubsport for all the latest on Aintree’s return to action.

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