The Albany Speedway Club announced over the weekend that our opening meeting on the season set down for this Saturday, November 5 has been cancelled.
We as a club are disappointed to come to this decision but the management and committee have made the tough choice due to a number of factors.
With the heavy rain that has fallen in Albany in the past six months it has made in increasingly difficult to get work done on our grounds in the off-season.
The biggest factor is the pit area is still extremely wet and muddy, making it very difficult for teams and drivers to get around there safely.
With more rain forecast this week and possibly further rain over the weekend it makes our job even harder and we have come to this difficult decision.
While our nominations for the first meeting were solid without being large this also came into it.
Furthermore we have made the decision also with an eye to our blue ribbon event the Noel Pearson Memorial which we value in high regard and want to do it justice.
The club feels that with the factors mentioned above would make this meeting a big risk for everyone involved so we have made an early call to cancel this date and move forward with the rest of our calendar season.
We apologise to the drivers and race fans for any inconvenience but hope they understand the situation and acknowledge that we are doing it to look after everyone involved including our valuable volunteers.
ASC president Geoff Green said the club simply didn’t want to disappoint those involved with a sub-standard meeting.
“The club took into account a number of factors and this certainly wasn’t an easy decision,” he said.
“With the amount of rain we have received the pit area is very wet and making it safe for everyone using that area has been difficult.
“The forecast again wasn’t favourable this week and with the smaller nominations than we expected for the Noel Pearson Memorial that too was a factor.
“We want to do that memorial justice and adding everything up it just became the logical move.
Green added that with extra time the club assured its second meeting would go ahead as planned.
“This will now give us the necessary time to get the grounds and pit area to a standard we are happy with and also build momentum towards a really big night on November 26,” he said.
“We have a massive season ahead and starting on the right note is important to us, not to let spectators, drivers and our club members and volunteers down.”
Attention now turns to our second meet of the season which will be held on Saturday, November 26 highlighted by the JSRA Country Super Series, the Super Sedan Summer Series and the formula 125 feature.
A decision on when the annual Noel Pearson Memorial will be contested this season will be decided by the executive and drivers informed at that time.
We look forward to having you at Attwell Park throughout the 2016-17 season.