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Larkhall Gets Expansion Green Light

The popular Scottish circuit of Larkhall has been granted planning permission to expand the Super One hosting circuit.

The popular Summerlee Raceway, based south of Glasgow, which hosted a round of this year’s Super One MSA and Rotax championships, also hosted this year’s ABkC IAME and Comer O Plate meeting. The track presently stands at 852 metres in length. The planned expansion would increase this to 1230 metres to fully meet international standards.

“The present track is very challenging and technical, but the length is too short to provide enough of a test to the big guys with lap times too short,” said WSKC chairman Bill Hay. “We will hope to gain an international licence with this expansion, but that is not in our short-term plan. Hosting international racing in Scotland would be great but this is about providing a bigger test to the national drivers.

“With planning permission granted, we hope to have the building work completed within 18 months.”

Super One boss John Hoyle welcomed the planned expansion. “Any improvement to one of the best circuits will be great. The club has always been helpful when we have asked for specific improvements, and they have always done what we’ve asked. This is just another part of making the experience better for drivers. We haven’t put any pressure on the club to make this expansion. If there has been any criticism from drivers and teams, it has been that lap times are too short and the club has realised this and reacted. The plans look excellent.”