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Mid-Antrim 150 cancelled

The Mid-Antrim 150 is called off after oil spillages prompt an extensive clean-up operation.
The penultimate round of the 2011 Irish Road Racing Championship has been cancelled after extensive oil and diesel spillages around the circuit could not be cleared in time for the races.

With organisers suspecting foul-play as the reason for the spillages, a clean-up campaign was immediately implemented, but the sheer extent of the pollution meant that by 12.30 BST, the organisers had no choice but to call the Mid-Antrim 150 meeting off.

“We did our best to run the event but I wasn't prepared to risk the safety of riders,” said Clerk of the Course Jack Agnew. “It looks like it was malicious but I've no evidence to prove that."

This unwelcome development comes at a very difficult time for road racing, as it struggles to survive financially in the current economic climate.

Indeed, with no 'paying' spectators, the events are heavily reliant on sponsorship deals, while a lack of funds for start money has left it struggling to attract top riders to. As a consequence, it is impeding the club's ability to attract new sponsors and backers.

Last year, the Dunlop brothers, William and Michael withdrew from the meeting due the lack of start money available, and were conspicuous by their absence from this year's entry list too.

They are not alone in their views as Ryan Farquhar, who remains the most successful rider to compete at the Clough circuit, urging organisers to consider a different approach to attracting recognised names.

“I believe that the top half dozen riders who do this for a living should get free entries. I own all my own bikes and prepare them myself and if I won all the races I'm entered tomorrow, took out my expenses, I would not have much left.”

By Graham Edwards

Tagged as: mid-antrim 150

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Ryan Farquhar - KMR Kawasaki [pic credit: Pacemaker Press International]
Malachi Mitchell-Thomas leads his Cookstown B.E. Racing team-mate Derek Sheils at the Mid Antrim 150
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Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race
Bruce Anstey won the Dundrod 150 Superbike race at the Metzeler Ulster Grand Prix
Guy Martin celebrates his Dundrod 150 Superbike win with the Tyco Suzuki team
Lee Vernon who was injured in a crash at the Dundrod 150 road race meeting in Northern Ireland
Ryan Farquhar and KMR Kawasaki team-mate Jamie Hamilton at the Mid-Antrim 150 road races
Ryan Farquhar, on his way to victory in the Mid Antrim 150 Supersport race, has cemented his lead in the 2010 Duke Road Race Rankings series (Alan Armstrong)
Ryan Farquhar on his way to another dominant win at the Mid-Antrim 150 (Pacemaker Press International)
Conor Cummins was the star of the Dundrod 150 National Road Races
Conor Cummins, McAdoo Kawasaki, winner of Superbike Race, Dundrod 150 Road Races (Fiona Madden)
William Dunlop chases Ryan Farquhar during restarted Supersport Race (Alan Armstrong)

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Ray - Unregistered

August 07, 2011 4:04 PM

We were at the race yesterday and could see just how much damage was done and it was obvious the oil was deliberately put down. This could have resulted in a serious accident or fatility to anybody travelling to the race as the oil was on the road for quite some time before it was noticed. I feel very sorry for the Mid Antrim Club who did their very best to get the track cleaned up for racing, and also the riders who all come to meeting at their own expense. I really do hope that the Police catch the culprits and make a very severe example of them.

oh well - Unregistered

August 07, 2011 6:57 PM

or an disgruntled X club member,THERES ALWAYs a load of aggro with factions of that club,some guy even goes to the trouble to tractor grease all the gates so people get clabbered in it,he says its to stop people climbing on his gates,sure all he has to do is leave them open race day,this meeting is light years behind the new armoy race,and it only been going a couple of years

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