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Friday, 1 March, 2002, 09:20 GMT
Carrowdore 100 axed
Ulster road-racing
Carrowdore blow for road-racing in Northern Ireland
The popular Carrowdore 100 road-race will not take place this year.

Lack of major sponsorship, and having to adhere to a Task Force safety report, sees the event cancelled for the second year running.

The Belfast & District Motor Club organisers were also forced to plug on the event last September.

They found it impossible to comply to Task Force guidelines which call for practice sessions on the Friday night before the race.


Time has just run out on us
Organiser's statement
That was the main problem again.

''It meant closing the Carrowdore village from late afternoon onwards on the Friday before race day,'' said a statement.

''That meant setting up and then taking down the course preparations in the village and obtaining the required number of officials.

''This combined with the additional ongoing safety work required has now prompted the club to seek an alternative circuit.

''There is certainly a very limited future for the old circuit.

''The club has pursued the use of the Ballydoonan Road, which would have solved our problems and resulted in a three-mile circuit with no chicanes away from the village,'' the statement went on.

''At present the road needs widening and the B&D Club have been trying to find ways of bringing this venture to fruition in conjunction with the Department of Regional Development.''

Inevitable

Funding, which was orginally destined for the old circuit, has been made available.

However, even taking this into account after necessary repairs, organisers would be left with a deficit of 55,000.

''Time has just run out on us,'' said the statement.

''We were required to pay a deposit of 3,000 against race insurance by the end of February, which is non-refundable if the race does not take place.''

There were other financial implications which meant that the decision to call off the Co Down event was inevitable.

See also:

23 Nov 01 |  Northern Ireland
Ulster GP faces axe
06 Dec 01 |  Northern Ireland
Dundrod club to run Ulster GP
07 May 01 |  Northern Ireland
Carrowdore 100 is cancelled
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