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Comets Safety Barrier Fund Gets Underway
Photo by Dave Payne
Tue 16 Jul 2013 by Comets Press Office
WORKINGTON SPEEDWAY SAFETY BARRIER FUND
In common with most other Premier League tracks Workington are exploring all possible fund-raising avenues in order to ensure that a new protective safety fence is installed at Derwent Park in readiness for the start of the 2014 speedway season in March of next year.

This follows the directive recently issued by the Speedway Control Bureau; stating that it will be compulsory for all tracks staging league racing in the UK to have an Additional Protective Barrier or Device fitted to their safety fence in order to comply with the updated regulations of the FIM Standards for Track Racing.

The barriers must be of a design that is approved by the FIM and will be either an Air Fence or the more expensive Polyfoam Safety Barrier. These have been in use in the British Elite League for several years but now the Premier League, which was the only professional league in Europe where they were not compulsory, is following suit.

Comets owner Laura Morgan said: “Naturally we are all in total agreement that rider safety is paramount and although there are none of us surprised at the directive, it would perhaps have been better received with a seasons notice. However, we must now focus our attention in ensuring that we can raise the necessary funds to purchase the barrier for Derwent Park in readiness for next season.

“With Derwent Park being one of the country's bigger tracks we will naturally need a larger, and hence more costly, length of fence than many other circuits. But, with it being such a large track the speeds achieved by the riders are also much greater than at many other venues, making the contribution of the new barrier in terms of rider safety even more significant.”

A cheque for £500 from a very generous supporter launched Workington speedways safety barrier appeal two weeks ago and since then various other donations have also been received by the club, for which Workington Speedway is extremely grateful.

There is already a children's sponsored cycle ride taking place at the track on Saturday 3rd August; when hopefully some of the riders will oblige and cycle with the kids. The club is also hoping to organise a ‘fun day' before the end of the school summer break.

The Comets, in partnership with their Supporters Club, are also hoping to organise further events both during and after the current season.

Laura added: “As we are at present the only league track in the county we are looking at the possibility of finding additional funding from outside agencies. I am sure there must be some pots of money out there somewhere which we could tap into. We won't be leaving any stone unturned in order to ensure we can get everything in place ready for the start of next season.”

Details of fund raising events and possible safety barrier sponsorship packages will be announced very soon, but in the meantime any donations can be made to the ‘Workington Speedway Fence Fund' and an online facility for donations will be made available in the very near future.
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Last Updated :  Tue 23 Jul 2013, 09:57 UK
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