Oliver's Mount Festival cancelled

Olivers's Mount Racing Ltd have cancelled the Oliver's Mount Festival, which was due to have been held in June, but are set to go ahead with their other three events.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 8:46 am
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 9:39 am
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A statement on Oliver's Mount Racing Ltd's Facebook page said: "Racing dramatically returned to Oliver’s Mount last year with the star-studded Barry Sheene Classic in July and the Gold Cup in September.

"This year, 2020 was set to be one of the greatest in Oliver’s Mount's long history, with four dramatic events planned.

"Over the winter period, there have been track and paddock improvements, as Oliver’s Mount Racing Ltd continues to add investment into the last remaining road race in England.

"However, unfortunately, due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had to reschedule the Spring Cup from April to now run in August 15/16 re-named the Summer Cup, and now following a statement released by the ACU, we’ve been forced to cancel the Oliver’s Mount Festival which was scheduled for June 20/21."

With a tightly packed calendar towards the end of the season, there was no room to move the Festival, and after a recent management meeting, the reluctant decision was taken to cancel the festival and focus all efforts on the three remaining events, which are as follows:

July 25/26 Barry Sheene Classic by Suzuki

August 15/16 Summer Cup

September 12/13 Gold Cup.

"Please be aware, all the above dates are provisional until we have been given the all-clear by the ACU and the UK Government. We are extremely fortunate that dates can be changed at relatively short notice.

"The organisers and club are keen to stress they are ready to go as soon as they have a green light. We are trying our upmost to get racing underway at Oliver’s Mount, and are fortunate to have an excellent team ready to act.

"Scarborough Borough Council who we are in constant communication with during this difficult time is as keen as ever to see racing return when it’s deemed safe to do so. We want to see racing back ASAP, but we will only do so when we are 100% sure it’s safe.

"We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the support from the members of 243 RRA and 1946 Marshalls Association which has been nothing short of amazing.

"The management of Oliver’s Mount Racing would also like to convey thanks for all the support they have received, from fans and racers. We’d also like to thank our trusted and loyal sponsors, Moto Direct (RST & Arai), Bennetts, Ashcourt Ltd, Suzuki UK, and local businesses in Scarborough."

Former racer and Oliver’s Mount joint director Andy Hayes added: “After a successful 2019, when we brought Oliver’s Mount back to life, the last thing we wanted to do was cancel races in 2020, but the decision has been taken out of our hands.

"It goes without saying the safety of our supporters, teams and riders must come before anything else. We have everything ready to race, support from riders, teams, sponsors, race fans, and the Scarborough Council, we are just waiting for the all-clear so we can get underway."

The statement added: "Tickets holders for the Festival are invited to contact our ticketing and marketing partner, Duke, on 01723-333322 or by email at [email protected] if they wish to receive a full refund.

"Alternatively, tickets will be able to be used at any of our future events in 2020 or 2021.

"For more updates see our popular social media channels, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and https://www.oliversmount.com/"

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