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Oulton Park undergoes safety improvements

Oulton Park has undergone significant safety improvements in preparation for the 2016 season, circuit owners MSV has confirmed.
Oulton Park has undergone significant safety improvements in preparation for the 2016 season, circuit owners MSV has confirmed.

Work has been completed by the park's maintenance team to replace the banking which runs along the spine between Shell Oils and Britten's corner with Armco. The run-off areas at Island Bend and Shell Oils Corner have been extended and there is a new gravel bed on the inside of Shell and towards Island Bend which has increased the run-off area.

The safety improvements have already been completed and will not disrupt the 2016 season, with the MCE British Superbike championship visiting the Cheshire circuit on 30th April – 2nd May before returning for the final round before the Showdown on the 9th-11th September. The British Touring Car Championship also visits Oulton Park on the 4th-5th June.

"Over this winter we have, in awful weather conditions, undertaken a large project at Island Bend, using this opportunity to significantly increase run-off,” Oulton Park circuit manager Simon Bonser said. “This area of the track has always been prone to flooding and we have made a considerable investment in levelling the run off areas and installing many hundreds of meters of drainage.

"We think that drivers and riders will very much appreciate these significant improvements at this exciting part of the track."


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DBL

January 14, 2016 3:53 PM

Cushdrive: Maybe I've read it wrong, but how would armco be less dangerous for bikes than existing banking?
Armco can bend when hit and absorbs energy even through tyres or other means of safety protection, earth banking doesn't bend and brings things to an abrupt stop rather too briskly.



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