Storm damages dirt track facilities

TAREE Motor Cycle Club expects damage at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit caused by Sunday's mini cyclone will be repaired well before the June long weekend when the club hosts the Australian Dirt Track Titles.

Gale force winds ripped the roof off a toilet block while fencing and signage was also extensively damaged.

The storm hit about 3.30pm not long after riders had finished competing in a club day at the track.

"We'd just about got everyone out of the track,'' canteen supervisor Samantha Lennon said.

"So we were lucky there.''

Samantha said there was a massive noise as the roof was ripped from the block and carried about 50 metres. The hot water system was also ripped out. There was also minor damage to the roof on a second toilet block.

SES personnel were at the track most of Monday assisting the club.

"We'll have to check all the trees around the track to make sure there aren't any loose limbs,'' Samantha explained.

The club will host the Australian titles for the first time next June. However, Samantha said there's no doubt the event will go ahead.

"Luckily the track proper didn't suffer any damage. It might mean a bit more cost, but we'll have everything right before then,'' she added.

About 200 entries are expected for June when racing will be conducted on the Saturday and Sunday.

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