Safety measures at South Dakota given thumbs up
By Isaiah Chappelle
Guyana Chronicle
June 28, 2003

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IT IS impossible for racing cars running off the track at the South Dakota Circuit to crash into the fence, even at high speed.

The Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) yesterday offered the media a first-hand look at the safety measures put in place for tomorrow’s and future meets at Timehri racing facility.

Group 3 speedster Mark Vieira told Chronicle Sport: “It looks pretty good. I am very pleased with the work done. Now drivers and spectators can be confident of an incident-free meet and fans should come out because the sport needs their support.”

Vice-president Cyril Angoy, who first entered the competitive track in the 24-hour endurance race, way back in 1970, is in charge of track and safety. He worked with advice from Martin Da Silva of Masport who has technical knowledge in safety preparations and who inspected the circuit.

At the troubled turns one and two, the areas between the track and fence was thoroughly ploughed.

“Even the tractor ploughing the area is having difficulty going through,” Angoy declared.

GMR&SC president Ron Robinson demonstrated that it was even difficult to walk in the sand.

“Once a vehicle hit the sand, it will stop and will have to wait on a tow truck to pull it out,” Robinson said.

The fence was shifted some 10 metres back and tyres have been placed some three metres from the fence. As added precaution, the areas around the apex of the turn will be prohibited to spectators.

Similar work is done at the gooseneck and the Shell Stand at the northwestern part of circuit.

The gooseneck where water usually accumulates will no longer have water if it rains. A 20-metre PVC pipe was installed to drain the water, empting it into a recess.

Work is also being done on the road from the airport to the circuit -- having it graded to level the surface. Spectators are advised to use that road to get to the races.

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