2011 Isle of Man TTA comprehensive review of the Mountain course ahead of the 2011 Isle of Man TT has led to increased investment in safety measures.
The Isle of Man Department of Economic Development’s Motorsport Team has confirmed more Recticel fencing has been purchased and will be in place for the 2011 TT.The £60,000 ($96,870) investment, which will see approximately 2,000 straw bales replaced, is part of an overall investment of more than £350,000 in Recticel over the past five years.The comprehensive review of the course included consultation between riders and representatives of the ACU as well as the Motorsport Team.As well as reviewing the equipment, the team discussed the barrier locations, with many riders consulted feeling the development of machinery has led to changing requirements.Recticel fencing is state-of-the-art. The patented ‘Safeguard’ system, with overlapping sections, can follow bends and contours and Recticel has developed narrow fencing that allows pavement access, which is beneficial for the unique requirements of the TT course.The fencing will be strategically placed around the circuit and will be used for both the TT and Manx Grand Prix.Allan Bell (Economic Development Minister) says: "We can effectively amortise the cost of this fencing and safety equipment over a number of years. It represents real value for money and a long-term solution, as well as being more effective than using straw bales, which have to be replaced at considerable cost at the end of every year."This latest investment will further professionalise the circuit, as well as providing additional safety to competitors."