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SLE of Wight will run a full summer’s calendar of meetings – after signing up to a new regulatory body.
IOwners Barry Bishop and Martin Widman have joined the increasingly influential NORA Motorsport organisation who licence clubs and riders in a variety of different forms of off-road disciplines on two and four wheels.
Roy Barton, who spent three years as the Auto-Cycle Union’s Moto X manager, is the current owner/director of Nora92 which trades as Nora Motorsport.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have the Isle of Wight join us – I have been a speedway fan ever since I went to watch Reading Racers in the early seventies.
“I love speedway but I’ve not been involved with it that much although I go to the British Grand Prix at Cardiff when I can.”
Nora Motorsports already has some links with the sport as Sittingbourne Speedway stage meetings under their banner at Iwade and Aidan and Les Collins run their Ride and Skid It! training and experience days with Nora Motorsports licences and insurance.
Berwick promoter Jamie Courtney has also organised
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mini-bike championships under the auspices of Nora Motorsports which is particulary strong in the moto cross world.
Last year they sanctioned the two-round Michelin Pro British MX Championship won by Tommy Searle, who also held the ACU British Motocross Championship title at the same time!
Road racing’s Carl Fogarty has also taken part in Nora Motorsport events
By signing up to Nora, riders are free to compete in meetings at Smallbrook Stadium and still race in Speedway Control Board approved events on an AutoCycle Union licence.
Nora92 was, as the name suggests, formed in 1992 but Barton took it over in 2018 and began operating under the name Nora Motorsport the following year offering licencing and insurance facilities, similar to the ACU.
Barton added: “We write rules and regulations and licence riders, officials and circuits. Moto cross is my background and in moto cross we have riders who pick and choose to ride at events they want to ride in. It can be an ACU event, an AMCA (Amateur Motor Cycle Association) events or a Nora Motorsports event, they can hold multiple licences.”
One rider who did that is 2014 ‘I’m A Celebrity – Get Me Out of Here’ winner Carl Fogarty who rode in Nora-sanctioned flat track meetings at the same time as racing in the FIM’s Superbike world championship!
It is a major fillip to the Isle of Wight to know they can now put in fully-insured meetings that will be open to riders who also hold ACU licences and compete in the British leagues.
Bishop said: “It is definitely a big boost and it was really easy to tell Roy what we were looking to do. He has done a great job to keep the flame lit with Martin and myself after we withdrew from both the National League and British Speedway Promoters Limited following their unilateral decisions to drastically reduce the points limit.
“We were pretty down at one time but when we approached Roy and Nora he said ‘what do you want to do’ and said we can do it. He was quick and easy to work with and has enabled us to continue putting on a summer of spectacular speedway action on the island. We want to give British riders more track time and that is exactly what we are going to be able to do this year.”
Isle of Wight’s application to join Nora Motorsport has already been approved, subject to a track inspection and Nora will licence all track officials.
Riders competing at Smallbrook will have to hold either an annual Nora licence or they can take out a one-day permit which will cost only £5 including insurance.
Added Bishop: “We will ensure that we conform to all Nora Motorsport’s regulations regarding health and safety but will be able to put on far more entertainment that we could have done as members of the BSPL.”
I understand there is at least one other former speedway club that is exploring the possibility of applying for a Nora Motorsport permit to put on racing at a defunct track.
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Vaccines? Bring ‘em on - Dickson
LEICESTER promoter Stewart Dickson admits he’s a 100 per cent convert to vaccines – both for personal health and the re-opening of society.
Dickson was hit by the Covid virus himself earlier this winter, and although his condition was not serious enough to require hospital treatment, he still endured a thoroughly unpleasant illness, followed by after-effects.
He’s kept a close eye on infection rates in the East Midlands whilst being based in Scotland, and is urging the population to take the jab when offered.
Dickson said: “I’m not going to say I was never a believer in the virus or anything like that, but I certainly didn’t realise the seriousness of it until I actually got it.
“Touch wood I never get anything like that, I only get the occasional sniffle, but this really knocked me and I had around ten to twelve days in bed.
“I’m not a doctor of course, but after experiencing that I will certainly be getting the vaccine and I would strongly advise others to do the same.
“It’s not just for me, my mother is still alive, so it’s for family protection as well, and crucially I really think it’s the only way we’re going to get moving again.
“I know some people won’t take it, but thankfully I think now most people are waking up to the message that they’ve got to take it, especially as being kept indoors is driving everyone crazy!
“I’m 54, I’ll be 55 in September and I’ve not had the vaccine yet because things are a bit slower up here in Scotland, but as soon as I get the call I’ll be having it, regardless of which one it is.
“It’s going to give me access to where I need to get to, and most of all I don’t want to catch the virus again, it was absolutely horrible.”
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