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Motorcycle Racing Set To Return To Scarborough's Oliver's Mount

Motorcycle Racing Set To Return To Scarborough's Oliver's Mount

Published by Karen Liu at 8:02am 6th March 2019. (Updated at 12:16pm 6th March 2019)

Motorcycle racing is set to return to Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount circuit.

Newly formed motorcycle racing club, Two Four Three Road Racing Association, is proud to announce that motorcycle racing will return to Oliver’s Mount circuit in Scarborough this year, with the full backing of Scarborough Borough Council.

Two confirmed meetings around the challenging and undulating 2.43 mile public road race track; the Barry Sheen Classic on 27 and 28 July and the Gold Cup from 27 to 29 September have been agreed by the Auto Cycle Union (ACU).

The exciting news that motorcycle racing is all set to return to the sport’s iconic and only English road racing circuit is expected to be warmly welcomed by UK and international motorcycle racing fans and also tourism businesses on the Yorkshire Coast, for whom racing events at Oliver’s Mount are big business.

Scarborough Borough Council is to grant a lease to GrantRoberts Ltd to operate at Oliver’s Mount as Two Four Three Road Racing Association.

The company brings a wealth of experience in the sport to Scarborough, including former Grand Prix and Isle Of Man TT racer and supplier of Pirelli tyres to the British Superbike grid, Eddie Roberts, and seven times Isle of Man TT winner and multiple winner at Oliver’s Mount, Mick Grant.

Speaking about bringing racing back to Oliver’s Mount, Eddie Roberts said:

"Behind the scenes there have been months and months of planning to get us to this stage and there are a huge number of people I need to thank, including Shaun Dalton and the One Nine Four Six Marshals Association.

We are working side-by-side with the ACU and work is already underway to improve the safety of the track for both for riders and spectators.

We know it’s a huge task to undertake, but we are 100% confident racing will take place at Oliver’s Mount this year.”

Mick Grant added:

“I watched my first road race at Oliver’s Mount in short pants back in the early ‘50s and it ignited my passion for racing; we couldn’t let this historic track crumble into the history books.

We need road racing in England; it’s one of the finest tracks in the world and it’s unique.

I can’t wait to hear and witness classic and modern bikes race around this demanding track once again. Today is an emotional and significant day.”

Oliver’s Mount has been at the heart of motorcycle racing for more than 70 years with the circuit hosting its first race in 1946.

The narrow and twisty circuit, with its hairpin corners and short straights, has challenged the nerves of a multitude of racing stars throughout the decades, including John Surtees, Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene and Carl Fogarty, to name a few.

Throughout its illustrious history, Oliver’s Mount has regularly attracted record crowds that thrive on its thrilling atmosphere and close proximity to the racing action.

Scarborough Borough Council and its tourism partners are fully behind the new club and are excited to bring racing back to the Yorkshire Coast.

Cllr Derek J Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, said:

“This is really exciting news! I am delighted that Eddie and Mick are committed to delivering a bright and exciting future for motorcycle racing at Oliver’s Mount; their experience, knowledge and business acumen within the sport is first class.

I am particularly impressed with their proposals for bringing the circuit in line with the stringent safety requirements set out by the ACU, their passion for the circuit’s unique character and setting and also their heartfelt commitment to attracting a new generation of spectators to the sport.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the previous operator, the Auto 66 Club managed by Peter Hillaby, for delivering many years of great events at the circuit.

I wish the new company every success in bringing a new era of thrilling motorcycle racing to Oliver’s Mount.”

Cllr Martin Smith, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Leisure said:

“Racing at Oliver’s Mount has always played a valuable role in supporting the Yorkshire Coast visitor economy. Today’s fantastic news means that role is set to continue and prosper.

Many tourism businesses have been asking me for months when racing will return to Oliver’s Mount so I’m very pleased that I can finally say 2019 for certain!”

Further updates and news about this year’s events at Oliver’s Mount will follow in the coming weeks and will also be available from the club’s new website 243racing.co.uk, which is due to go live today (6th March).

Mick Grant has spoken to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

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Abel2photo, on 6th March 2019 10:56am
Great news, looking forward to seeing the circuit being used again, good news for Scarborough too...

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