Racing club asks again for more events at circuit

121569k No59 Ivan Lintin  heads a group of riders in the Northern 600, in the Ian Watson Spring Cup race meeting, on Olivers Mount, Sunday.  Picture by Andrew Higgins         14/04/12
121569k No59 Ivan Lintin heads a group of riders in the Northern 600, in the Ian Watson Spring Cup race meeting, on Olivers Mount, Sunday. Picture by Andrew Higgins 14/04/12

A long-running saga over extra races at Oliver’s Mount could be set to take a fresh turn next week.

In January, Scarborough Council declined a request, from the Auto 66 Club to increase in the number of races held each year at England’s only road race venue.

The council bowed to pressure from local residents who said the noise from the track was disturbing people living as far away as Newby.

However, on Tuesday the council’s cabinet will be asked to green light a change in motorcycle events from seven to eight days and hill climbs from three to four days on Oliver’s Mount on a one year trial basis for 2016.

The Auto 66 Club, which organises the motorcycle events, has requested for the next eight years up to 2023 a second day of motorcycle racing is added to the Spring National Road Races event in April and a new Hill Climb event for motorcycles is added in October.

Scott Beaumont from the Auto 66 Club told The Scarborough News that the exposure of the circuit was growing every year and increasing the number of races was the next logical step.

He said: “We have had our races show on Eurosport and through the popularity of riders such as Guy Martin and races like the Isle of Man TT the sport is massively growing a popularity.

“We would like to hold more races as more races means an increase in revenue not only for us but for the town as well.

“What we see and hear is that when we have one-day meetings a lot of people turn up for the race then go home, they don’t stay in Scarborough.

“What hoteliers tell us is that when there are two-day races people then stay for the night, head into town, eat at a restaurant and put money into the local economy.

“Also putting road closures in place for only one day is not really in anyone’s interests so, from our point of view, two-day meetings are preferable.”

This year, races from Oliver’s Mount have been showing on satellite channel Eurosport after the club signed a deal with a media company to sell the television rights to its races.

Each race also attracts between 5,000 and 7,000 spectators per day.

The report that will go before the Cabinet on Tuesday admits opinion is divided about the benefits from the races.

It states: “Informal consultation with the tourism industry has identified support in principle for greater use of Oliver’s Mount as an event area to attract more visitors to the town for the economic benefit of the area.

“Contact with residents on the eastern side of Oliver’s Mount suggests they do not wish to see an increase in any event activity.”