Speedway club needs cash for £30k air safety fence

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 September 2013

Speedway action at the Oaktree Arena

Speedway action at the Oaktree Arena


THE future of speedway bike racing at a Somerset arena could be under threat as new rules dictate the venue must spend £30,000 on safety fencing.

Riders at the Oaktree ArenaRiders at the Oaktree Arena

The Oaktree Arena in Highbridge has been home to the motorsport since 2000, but British Speedway Association rules set to be introduced next season mean the Somerset Rebels team must install a ‘safety air fence’ around the track.

Changes must be in place by March or the team will not be able to compete in the upcoming season.

The club is now on a fundraising mission in a bid to secure the money before it is too late.

A golf day will be held at Brean Golf Club on September 27 and a dance evening will be held on November 27, both to fundraise for the club.

Promoter Debbie Hancock said the barrier is designed to make racing safer.

She said: “If a rider has an accident their injuries could be a lot less serious thanks to the air barrier.

“They already have to have them in places like Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic and they have now 
been brought in for both the British Premier and National Leagues.

“We found out three to four months ago.

“Rider safety is paramount and we don’t want to see anyone get injured, but it would have been nice to have more than a couple of months’ notice.

“We bring a lot of tourism to the area and we want to continue that.

“Tourism is a big business and we get people travel from all over to see the Rebels.

“There’s a lot of reasons we want it to stay, but we have got to do a lot of work.”

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